The 4-1, first place, San Diego Padres square off against the 2-3, last place, San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. The Padres took the first game of the series on Tuesday night, and now the Giants look for a bit of revenge. First pitch is scheduled for 8:45 ET.
Chris Paddack and Johnny Cueto are both scheduled to make their second starts of the season in the matchup. Cueto started the season only allowing one run in a no decision against the Dodgers. Paddack comes in 1-0 after not allowing a run through six innings his first time out.
Padres fans rejoice, it looks like a team that can mount a defense in the west against the defending NL West champion Dodgers. The addition of Tommy Pham and Jurickson Profar to go with their young core of pitching has worked for them so far.
Offensively, the Padres were led by Eric Hosmer and Fernando Tatis Jr. through the first series. Tatis led the team in hits and RBI’s, but also leads them in strikeouts through 5 games. Pham has yet to really get it going, but it’s hard to imagine a team that could be more dangerous through the middle of the order when they get in rhythm.
Split it Open
The Giants were able to split their opening four game series against the Dodgers, surprisingly. Not that the Giants were expected to not be competitive, but most teams aren’t expected to be competitive against the loaded Dodgers.
The Giants were led offensively by a slate of what you may call, “no namers.” Young catcher and Buster Posey replacement, Tyler Heinemen, came out smoking with 5 hits in the opening series. Utility infielder Donovan Solano, drove in three runs, leading the team. If the Giants hope to stay in the playoff race in the West, taking a game or two from the Padres is a must.
Picking the West
Anticipate the NL West to be competitive all season, hit mostly between two teams, the Dodgers and the Padres. Expect the other three teams to try to throw a fork in each team’s plans. BetOnline has the Padres favored by -172 heading into the matchup, with an over/under of 8 runs.
Fully anticipate a high scoring, fast paced game. Regardless of Cueto’s veteran status, expect the Padres to fully get it going. The pick here is the Padres and the over. Good luck!