The Padres dropped the first game of this crucial four-game set and will now look to hold onto their divisional lead at Petco Park.
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
San Francisco moved within a game of the San Diego Padres after a 7-3 win in Thursday’s opener at Petco Park. The Giants have a 3-9 record against the Padres this season, including a 2-4 mark at tonight’s venue. “We’ve had some bad times against these guys, so winning the first one is big for us,” said last night’s starter Matt Cain. Offensively, the team blasted four home runs in the spacious park, marking the first time in 61 games that San Francisco accomplished that feat. With their seventh win in nine games, the Giants also moved within a game of Wild Card pacesetter Atlanta. “They’re all important games…you just don’t want to put ‘do or die’ in any game,” manager Bruce Bochy stated. The club is now 37-36 on the road this season (+300) and the total is 39-33 O/U in those contests.
A pair of talented left-handers headline the second game of this three-game set in the Bay Area.
Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants
Cincinnati suffered an 11-2 blowout loss to the Giants in the first game of a three-game set at AT&T Park, but the team still remains atop the league in batting average and runs scored. “The main thing is for nobody to panic. It’s one game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said after the game. “You want to win every game, but at this point we’re 5-2 on this road trip.” The club is 36-27 on the road this season (+1,140) and has a 10-4 record as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (+760). The team has won eight of their last 10 games and has produced a solid 15-6 record in August (+920), while the total stands at an even 10-10 O/U in those contests. Cincinnati is 13-6-1 in their previous 20 road series and has compiled a winning or .500 record on six of their nine road trips. It’s also important to note that the Reds are 23-17 when facing southpaw starters in 2010 and 72-67 in this situation the last three campaigns (+510).
The NL West division is up for grabs as the top two contenders get ready to do battle at AT&T Park.
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
San Diego travels up to San Francisco leading the Giants by 2 1/2 games and are riding a four-game winning streak into this pivotal series. “We’re feeling good about ourselves,” said pitcher Jon Garland. “We can’t get a little overexcited. We just need to go up there an continue to play good baseball.” The Padres picked up their seventh sweep of the season in beating the Pirates in a three-game set and enter with the National League’s best record at 67-46 (+2,360). New addition Ryan Ludwick has been leading the offense, hitting three home runs in his past four games, after hitting just .222 during his first 10 games with the club. The club is a solid 21-11 against left-handed starters this year (+1,190) and the total is 15-16 O/U in those contests. San Diego has compiled a solid 8-4 record as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this season (+520) and are 27-25 in this situation the last three years (+560).
Playing the total is a definite option for bettors in the first game of this NL series.
San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco dropped a 4-3 decision to the Colorado Rockies in 15 innings on Sunday at Coors Field. The club is four games into a season-long 11-game road trip that takes the team through three different time zones. “We need to be more consistent on both sides of the ball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Since June 22, the Giants have lost 10 of 12 games and have been outscored by a 67-42 margin. San Francisco’s recent troubles has caused the team to fall back a season-high 7.5 games in the NL West divisional race. The team has good reason to be confident in playing the Brewers, as the Giants have posted their best record against NL Central opponents this season (15-7). San Francisco played at Miller Park twice last season, going 3-3, but the club has won just six of their last 23 games in Milwaukee.
The Blue Jays lead the majors in interleague home runs, as they look to sweep the Giants in the series finale.
San Francisco Giants at Toronto Blue Jays
San Francisco will close out its first trip to Toronto since 2007, with the team hoping to find its bats in the process. The Giants have managed to score just two runs in the first two games of the series, wasting quality outings from their starters. Manager Bruce Bochy knows that his staff will still need to respect the power of today’s opponent saying, “They’ve done that all year, hit the long ball.” Saturday’s 3-0 loss dropped the club to 5-6 this year against the American League, losing all five games its played away from AT&T Park (5-1 home).
The Reds are seeking its first win of the series against an opponent that is dominating the NL Central division.
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco was paced by SP Matt Cain’s second shutout of the year, picking up a 3-0 road victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants are now a dominating 24-8 against NL Central and East divisions, including a 14-3 mark against the Central, which is the highest winning percentage among all teams (.823). The team’s offense has turned things around recently, averaging 4.7 runs per game over their last nine contests. 2B Juan Uribe has led the charge, homering in Tuesday’s victory and picking up four RBIs on Monday. Uribe has a team-best 38 RBIs and has received high praise from manager Bruce Bochy saying, “This guy, you hate to think of where we would be without him.” The bullpen has also pitched extremely well during the current road trip, combining to allow just two earned runs in 14 innings. San Francisco is enjoying a 6-2 start in the month of June (+400).
The Orioles and Nationals meet in the rubber game of their three-game series. With a win, Baltimore would capture its first road series victory since 9/11-9/13/09 at New York.
Baltimore is 5-8 in daytime games this season (-80). The Orioles are also just 4-9 against left-handed starters (-320).
SP Kevin Millwood has a 3.22 ERA in three afternoon starts this season. Since the start of 2009, Millwood has a 2.95 ERA in 13 daytime starts. At night since the start of the ’09 season, the right-hander has a 4.01 ERA.
Millwood has received just 27 runs of support in his nine starts and the Orioles have scored just 16 runs while he is in the game (4-5 O/U).
Both the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics are poised to complete a sweep of their opponent on Sunday.
Florida Marlins at Chicago White Sox
Florida managed to score just a single run on Saturday, ending a season long stretch of 23 scoreless innings. In its last six road games, the Marlins have been held to three runs or fewer five times (5-0-1 O/U). “We need to make an adjustment and start scoring runs again,” said 2B Dan Uggla. A win today would keep the team’s May record above .500 (11-10, +40), which is still a remarkable improvement from a disastrous 9-20 record in the month last season. Florida is 12-16 against right-handed starters this season (-600), but has garnered a 131-125 mark the last three seasons (+810).
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