This game could be low scoring as James Shields (2-5, 3.12 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (17-24) go up against Jeff Samardzija (5-2, 2.88 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (24-18) in the last of a three-game series at Petco Park. The Giants won the last game 2-1, extending a seven-game winning streak. The game starts at 9:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on CSBA and FSSD.
In his most recent outing, Shields pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-0 victory over the Brewers. Melvin Upton Jr. (.274, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Giants were also victorious the last time Samardzija pitched. He pitched well, going 8.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out three in a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Hunter Pence (.298, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 31 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Giants -145 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.
The Giants are 5-0 against the Padres this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
The Padres currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 7-13, and the Giants have a 16-11 record.
San Diego has won 47% (9-10) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, San Francisco has won 54% (7-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have an 8-17 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 5-17. The Giants have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego and San Francisco both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. San Diego sits at 26th with 36 home runs this season and San Francisco ranks 22nd with 37.
Ranking 27th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.72 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.98.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.647). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .741.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 8-15, well-matched with the Padres who are 7-14 when allowing at least one homer.