MLB Picks: San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
The San Diego Padres (35-34) and San Francisco Giants (35-33) will open up a three-game National League West series Monday night at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET
San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
San Diego has won six games in a row, including a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks as +103 home underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8. “They’ve beat a lot of people here,” commented Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. “This is probably one of the hottest teams in the game right now.” Offensively, the team is hitting .270 with 19 home runs in its last 19 games, which is important to handicap when making your MLB betting picks Monday. San Diego is 5-4 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the UNDER going 5-4 in that situation.
Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.87 ERA) earned a 5-3 home victory over the Atlanta Braves last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 6.87 ERA in seven road outings, surrendering three home runs in 36.2 combined innings. In seven career games versus the Giants, Volquez has compiled a 2-1 record and 5.00 ERA, including a 1-1 mark and 4.05 ERA in five efforts at this ballpark.
San Francisco dropped its final two games against the Atlanta Braves, including a 3-0 shut out loss as +146 road underdogs on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while going UNDER the betting total of 7.5. The Giants finished their nine-game road trip with a 4-5 record, which has them in third place in the NL West standings. “It’s a division that’s beating up on each other,” commented Giants manager Bruce Bochy. San Francisco is 17-9 after getting shut out the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 13-12-1 in that situation.
Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (4-5, 4.79 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 12-8 road loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, as he allowed eight runs and 11 hits over 4.2 frames. The left-hander is 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in eight home starts, with opposing hitters batting just .230 against him. In 23 career games (22 starts) versus the Padres, Zito has tallied a 5-9 record and 4.46 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 0.84 ERA in two outings this season.
Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 21-6 record in Zito’s last 27 starts.