MLB Predictions: San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

The San Diego Padres (12-14) and San Francisco Giants (15-10) will open up a National League West series at AT&T Park Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey has appeared in 24 of the team's 25 games this season
San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey has appeared in 24 of the team’s 25 games this season

San Diego snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 4-2 road victory over the Washington Nationals Sunday, but the team has managed to score just 16 runs over its last seven affairs.  The Padres have now tallied 12 wins in April—the most in the opening month since winning 15 in 2010.  The franchise hasn’t won a road series in this rivalry since capturing two of three to close out the 2010 campaign.  San Diego is 21-43 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 the last two-plus seasons.

Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (2-3, 3.16 ERA) had his personal two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 5-2 road defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers—surrendering five runs and nine hits over six innings of work.  The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in two road games this season.  In four career appearances (two starts) at this ballpark, Ross has posted a 3.75 ERA.

San Francisco has won four games in a row, including a 4-1 home victory over the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon.  The Giants hit poorly in their first series against the Padres—batting .133 at the plate overall and .077 with runners in scoring position.  Catcher Buster Posey has played in 24 of the team’s 25 games, which could be a cause for concern down the line.  San Francisco is 4-0 as home favorites of -150 to -175 this season, with the OVER going 3-1 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.14 ERA) has suffered back-to-back losses due to receiving just one run of support over that span.  The left-hander is 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two home outings this season—issuing five walks and striking out 13 batters.  In 16 career efforts versus the Padres, Bumgarner has gone 6-3 with a 3.36 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 2.77 ERA in four appearances last season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 16-4 record in Bumgarner’s last 20 starts as a home favorite of -151 to -200.

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