MLB Betting Preview and Free Play: San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants – Wednesday, April 7, 2021

by Tyler Vaysman | April 7, 2021 |

The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park in San Diego. Wednesday’s game will be the rubber match, as the Giants won on Monday 3-2, only for the Padres to take Tuesday’s game 3-1.

San Diego Padres Betting Preview: A Little Bit Longer Now

The Padres have gotten off to a good start in the 2021 season. They sit at 4-2, although that puts them a game behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Of course, Tuesday’s win over the Giants was needed to avoid a three-game losing streak.

On Wednesday, the Padres will send Blake Snell to the mound. The lefty struck out eight during his first start of the season. However, he only lasted 4.2 shutout innings against the Diamondbacks, so the Padres will be hoping that he can go a little deeper into the game in his second start of the year.

Tuesday will also mark Snell’s first experience against most of San Francisco’s hitters. The current group of Giants has faced Snell a combined ten times. Wilmer Flores, who traditionally crushes lefties, is 3 for 5 with a double in his career against Snell.

Unfortunately for the Giants, not many of their hitters are off to a good start this season. Evan Longoria is hitting .278 and has mashed three home runs, while Donovan Solano is 9 for 18 early in the campaign. Other than that, the Giants have been largely starved for offense.

San Francisco Giants Betting Preview: A Little Gause Here

The Giants are hoping to win their first series of the season on Wednesday. San Francisco dropped two of three games against Seattle over the weekend before heading to San Diego. But a win on Wednesday will bring them back to .500 before their home opener on Friday.

Kevin Gausman is scheduled to get the start for San Francisco on Wednesday. He lasted 6.2 innings in his first start against the Mariners, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out six. It was a brilliant start to the season for Gausman, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career in 2020.

Over two starts against San Diego last year, Gausman gave up three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. He has limited experience facing most of the Padres. However, Jurickson Profar and Tommy Pham are a combined 4 for 11 against him.

Gausman is fortunate that he won’t have to face injured star Fernando Tatis Jr. However, Eric Hosmer is off to a fast start this season, hitting .421 with two home runs in six games. Jake Cronenworth, Will Myers, and Victor Caratini have also gotten off to promising starts for the Padres.

Padres vs. Giants Betting Odds & Lines

As the home team, the Padres are favored for the rubber match. MyBookie has them listed with a -160 moneyline compared to San Francisco’s moneyline of -+135. There is also an over/under for the game set at 7.5 runs, which is more runs than have been scored in either of the first two games of the series.

Free Betting Pick

The Padres have the better starting pitcher and the more explosive lineup. Despite a low-scoring series, San Diego’s bats are more likely to break out and give the Padres a series win.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Padres -160

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