Pirates vs. Padres Friday Prediction
The Padres used a three-run sixth last night to beat the Pirates 4-3 in the opener of the teams’ series at Petco Park. Will Friday night’s matchup also turn into a pitcher’s duel when these teams meet at 10:10 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 17, 2019
10:10 p.m. ET, Petco Park, San Diego, CA
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 56% of the betting tickets are on the Padres to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Gregory Polanco is absent from the Pirates' starting lineup for Friday night's showdown against the Padres. It looks to be nothing more than a routine day of rest against Padres' left-hander Joey Lucchesi. Melky Cabrera is starting in right field for the Pirates and batting third.
San Diego Padres Fantasy Spin
Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, three-run home run Thursday to lead the Padres to a 4-3 win over the Pirates. The Bucs held a thin 2-1 lead in the sixth inning before Kinsler stepped to the plate with two runners on and two outs. That lead evaporated on one swing as Kinsler walloped a Richard Rodriguez delivery to left, giving the Padres a margin they wouldn't yield. It was a nice moment and could possibly be a catalyst for better days ahead for the 36-year-old, but he hasn't had many nice moments to this point -- through Thursday, Kinsler is hitting just .175/.233/.342 and has been relegated to a backup job for the youthful Padres
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates are 21-46 in their last 67 games versus teams from the National League West.
The Padres have won four of their last five home games.
The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams at Petco Park and is 5-1 in Joey Lucchesi’s last six home starts. The under has also cashed in 16 of the Padres’ last 23 home games, is 5-2 in Jordan Lyles’ last seven starts and is 20-7 in the Pirates’ last 27 games when playing the second game of a series.
The Pick: Pirates/Padres UNDER 7