Johnny Cueto (6-1, 2.70 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (27-19) square off against Drew Pomeranz (4-4, 1.96 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (19-26) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and can be seen on CSBA and FSSD.
Cueto pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 2-1 win over the Padres. Pomeranz went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start. Melvin Upton Jr. (.266, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Padres, going 3 for 7 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The Giants are a -180 favorite with a total of 6.5.
Pick - SF
The Giants hold a 17-11 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Padres have a 9-15 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, San Francisco is 8-6, while San Diego is 10-12.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 3-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 13-2. The Giants have an 18-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, San Diego has earned 162 this season. San Francisco ranks ninth with 198 runs.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.635). San Francisco ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .730.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, the team is 9-16. San Francisco has the same record when it allows one or more homers.