Jake Peavy (1-3, 9.00 ERA) and Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.82 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (17-16) and the Toronto Blue Jays (16-17) at AT&T Park. Action begins at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and can be seen on CSBA and RSN1.
Peavy pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Reds. Brandon Belt (.327, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 21 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3. Sanchez went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Rangers in his last outing. Michael Saunders (.289, 15 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for San Francisco and Toronto are Blue Jays -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF
Toronto has won 31% (4-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, San Francisco has won 55% (6-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are heading in with an 11-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 10-3. The Giants have a 13-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, Toronto sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 134 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 161.
San Francisco and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in walks. San Francisco sits at second with 130 this season and Toronto ranks fifth with 120.
When the Giants hit at least one home run, they are 10-9, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 13-9 when hitting one or more homers.