Rich Hill gets the start for the Pirates (44-56, 21-30 away) against Blake Snell and the Padres (48-53, 25-24 home). Today will be game two of their series, with the Pirates leading 1-0. Check out who I like to see who comes out on top in today’s Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres matchup.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS SAN DIEGO PADRES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +215
This game will be played at PETCO Park at 9:40 ET on Tuesday, July 25th.
WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES:
- In their last five games as the underdog, the Pirates have put together a record of 3-2.
- Pittsburgh has the leg up over the Padres so far this year at 4-0.
- The Padres’ are just 7-13 in Blake Snell’s 20 starts.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
On an overall record of 44-56, the Pirates are 5th in the NL Central. In their 32 series, Pittsburgh has gone 10-20-2 which includes losing each of their last three sets. On the road, the Pirates are 21-30 and are 23-26 at home.
Rich Hill has a 7-9 record and 4.84 ERA heading into the game. On the road, he has a 3-4 record and 5.06 ERA in seven appearances, while at home he has gone 4-5 with an ERA of 5.18. His season WHIP is 1.45, with opponents batting .257 against him and slugging .433.
Rich Hill’s most recent outing against the Guardians saw him surrender four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Although he did not factor into the decision, Hill’s performance was instrumental in the Pirates’ 7-5 victory.
During their last ten games, Pittsburgh is the 16th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .230 and are averaging 3.8 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Pirates are hitting .238 with an OBP of .314 while averaging 4.2 runs per contest. This figure puts them 23rd in the league.
Henry Davis has been a major contributor to the Pittsburgh Pirates offense this season, boasting a .271 batting average and .430 slugging percentage. Over the last ten games, Davis has been on fire at the plate, leading the team in hits with a .296 average.
WILL THE SAN DIEGO PADRES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
San Diego’s record of 48-53 has them sitting 4th in the NL West. At home, the Padres have won two straight series. Their overall home record is 25-24. Against the runline, the Padres are 48-53 along with an over/under record of 41-52.
Starter Blake Snell has been a reliable presence in the Padres’ rotation this season, boasting an impressive 6-8 record across 20 appearances. His ERA stands at a solid 2.67, and he’s recorded an impressive 11.92 K/9 figure. Additionally, his FIP is 3.65 and opponents have managed just a .300 OBP against him.
After a defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays, Blake Snell’s most recent outing saw him surrender one run on five hits over five frames.
For the season, the Padres’ offense is averaging 4.5 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 6th in the league in scoring, with a total of 24 runs. Overall, San Diego’s team batting average is .235, putting them 20th in the MLB.
Ha-Seong Kim has been a consistent force at the plate for San Diego this season, boasting a .270 batting average and .447 slugging percentage. In the team’s last ten games, Kim has been especially impressive, leading the way with hits and posting an impressive .325 average.