Out of the National League West; the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres will start a three game series on Monday. The Giants come into the game in second place in the division, and third in the wildcard chase. San Francisco is 49-43 overall, and have won 6 straight games. The Giants trail the Chicago Cubs by a single game for the wildcard #2 spot. For San Diego, they are looking to make a run in the second half. The Padres are 43-49, which is 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. San Diego was rained out on Sunday, but have won four straight games coming into this one.
The San Diego Padres are at a breaking point just before the trade deadline on July 31st. The Padres are one of the worst hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball. San Diego is batting .237 as a team, which ranks 28th out of 30 teams. The Padres have scored just 361 runs on the season. The top offensive threats for San Diego have been Matt Kemp, with his .254 batting average, and Justin Upton, with 15 homeruns. The Padres pitching ranks 5th in baseball with 55 quality starts on the season. San Diego’s team ERA is 3.91, which is 20th in the league. The Padres rainout on Sunday was the first at Petco since 2006.
For the San Francisco Giants, they are looking to win back to back World Series titles after knocking off the Kansas City Royals last season. The Giants are one of the top offensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. San Francisco is batting .272, which is third in the league. The Giants have scored 393 runs, led by catcher Buster Posey. Posey is batting .317 with 14 homeruns and 63 runs batted in. San Francisco’s pitching, led by Madison Bumgarner has a team ERA of 3.79.
The Padres need to make a little run at the Giants, starting now. The end of July is near, which means if you are going to get going, it has to be now. Both of these teams are playing good baseball right now. San Diego will send Ian Kennedy to the mound. Kennedy is 4-9 on the season with a ERA near 5.00. For the Giants, they are sending veteran Tim Hudson to the hill. We expect this game to come down to the bullpen. The Padres have the advantage playing this game at home. We are going to take the Padres to win the opening game of this series. Our bet is the San Diego Padres +105 over the San Francisco Giants.
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