Padres vs. Pirates Prediction
The San Diego Padres have won the last two games in their four-game set at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Will San Diego win again today and take three out of four in the series?
Sunday, May 20, 2018
PNC Park at 1:35PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet (PIT)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Pirates are a -123 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Padres are a +113 underdog, while the total is set at 8 runs. As of Sunday morning, 80 percent of public bets are siding with host Pittsburgh. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Three-run first sparks San Diego
The Padres scored three runs in the first inning Saturday as it topped Pittsburgh by a count of 6-2. Travis Jankowski was 3-for-5 from the top of the order to improve his batting average to .390. Christian Villanueva and Cory Spangenburg both hit a home run.
Jordan Lyles (1-1, 2.53 ERA) will start today for the Padres, while Trevor Williams (5-2, 2.72) goes for the Pirates.
Mercer perfect in loss
Pittsburgh only managed two runs on eight hits last night, but shortstop Jordy Mercer was solid at the plate as he finished the contest 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. David Freese had a double and scored the other run, while Sean Rodriguez contributed a double and an RBI.
MLB Betting Trends
The Padres are 3-9 in their last 12 following a win. The over is 9-4-1 in the last 14 San Diego games following a win.
The Pirates are 10-3 in their last 13 home games. The under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 Pittsburgh games on a Sunday.
Lyles carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning his last start at home versus the Rockies and I believe he'll continue his outstanding pitching today. Williams has been good so far this season, but his peripherals suggest some regression. Go with the underdog in this spot.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: SAN DIEGO PADRES +113