Giants vs. Padres Prediction
The inconsistent San Francisco Giants will start a new series with their National League West rivals, the San Diego Padres at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday night. The Giants have struggled to win games in San Diego in previous meetings but will that change with a victory tonight?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 12, 2018
10:10 p.m. ET, Petco Park
TV: CSBA (SF); FSSD (SD)
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Giants as a -135 favorite. As of this writing, 52% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Giants to beat the Padres on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Stratton uneven in his two starts this year for Giants
Chris Stratton will draw the start tonight for the Giants. He gave up three runs in five innings last Saturday in a start against the Dodgers. Two runs were earned, while he also walked four and struck out three. It was essentially the same start and finish that he had against the Dodgers in his first outing of the year on April 1. That's basically what you can expect out of Stratton moving forward as well.
The Giants are coming off a losing series versus the Diamondbacks in which they dropped two of three to their National League West rivals. They managed to hold the Diamondbacks to six runs in the first two games of the series but Arizona got to San Francisco's bullpen in the rubber match on Wednesday, eventually tallying seven runs in a 7-3 beatdown.
Padres coming off first series victory of the season
While they did lose on Wednesday afternoon, the Padres took two of three from the Rockies in Denver earlier this week. Their bats came alive somewhat hitting at Coors Field, as the Padres scored a combined 16 runs in their three games versus the Rockies. Granted, a better offense would have scored more in hitter-friendly Coors Field, but this was the same San Diego club that scored just five runs in three games at Houston last week. Thus, they did show some improvement.
Bryan Mitchell will take the mound tonight in San Diego after holding the aforementioned Astros scoreless over 5 2/3 innings last Saturday. Mitchell did issue six walks and struck out just one of the 24 batters he faced so it's quite amazing how he held Houston scoreless. He has just one strikeout through his first two starts.
MLB Betting Trends
The Giants have dropped 20 of their last 29 games against the Padres and are just 1-4 in their last five road games versus San Diego.
The Padres are 1-7 in their last eight home games dating back to last season and are 5-15 in their last 20 games overall.
The Giants are winless at 0-4 in Stratton's last four road starts and are a putrid 19-41 in their last 60 road games overall. They've done a good job to this point to merely tread water with all of their injuries but now Austin Jackson is hurt after leaving Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a groin injury. He's day-to-day but the bottom line is that this team is falling apart and it's only April. I'll take the plus odds with the underdog in a divisional matchup.
The Pick: San Diego Padres +115