MLB Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres – Sunday, May 19, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Petco Park in San Diego, California
When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4:10 PM
Moneyline: San Diego -105
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres will wrap up their series at Petco Park Sunday with the hosts looking to earn a split of the four-game slate.
Pittsburgh earned a 7-2 victory Saturday night to take the advantage in the series, giving the Pirates their second straight win.
The Pirates are currently in third place in the National League Central, three games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs.
The Padres are also in third place in their division, the National League West, though they are 6.5 games out of first place, currently held by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
San Diego will send Cal Quantrill to the mound for the series finale, while Pittsburgh will counter with Joe Musgrove. The moneyline for this contest has the Pittsburgh Pirates -105 and the San Diego Padres -105, with the over/under set at 7.5.
Quantrill will be making his third start of the season, having notched an 0-1 record with a 3.60 ERA in his first two starts. The No. 8 pick of the 2016 MLB draft, Quantrill may have a shot at entering the Padres' rotation with a good showing. In his first two starts, Quantrill has allowed four earned runs while striking out eight and walking three in 10 innings of work.
The Padres have been struggling to score runs lately, totaling just 12 over their last five outings, which includes a 4-3 victory in the series opener with Pittsburgh. Centerfielder Franmil Reyes has been trying to do his part, hitting four home runs in his last six games, although all but one of those has been a solo shot. Reyes leads the Padres in both home runs (14) and RBI (25), while Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer have each driven in 24.
End Of Long Road
The Pirates will be ending an 11-game road trip that has kept them out of Pittsburgh since May 8 with this one. They currently have a 6-4 record on the trip, so at worst, they'll finish over .500 since leaving home. They could use a win in this one to extend their winning streak to three games before facing Colorado and the Dodgers over the next week.
Musgrove will try to keep the Padres' bats at bay and earn his second win on the trip. He's currently 2-4 with a 3.59 ERA, though he comes off a seven-inning stint in a win over Arizona last week in which he didn't allow a run. For the season, Musgrove has 40 strikeouts and 16 walks. He'd like to get some of the run support that the Pirates provided Saturday night when Josh Bell homered twice and the team had their first four-homer games of the season.
Rookie Gets The Win
It's not easy to pick a pitcher making just his third start, but Quantrill has looked good in his first two starts. The Padres are due to break through offensively, and playing at home should help them earn the split in this series. I'm taking San Diego -105.