Monday night baseball and we will see the San Francisco Giants travel to Petco Park to take on the San Diego Padres in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
San Francisco -102
San Diego -108
Over/ Under: 7 U -120
The Giants come into this series on a roll, as they have won 6 games in a row. The Giants are now 6 games above .500 and are 24-21 on the road, while being just 3.5 games behind the Dodgers for first place in the West. San Diego has bounced back from their 6 game losing streak to win their last 4 games. They were trailing yesterday's game to Colorado before it was cancelled. The Padres are tied for 3rd in the NL West with the Diamondbacks, as both teams are 9.5 games behind the Dodgers. The Giants rank 10th in scoring (4.27 rpg), while on the mound they are 13th in ERA (3.79). The Padres rank 21st in scoring (3.92 rpg), while on the mound they are 20th in ERA (3.91).
Trends for this game include: The Giants are 6-2 in Hudson's last 8 road starts, but just 1-6 the last 7 meetings in San Diego, while the Padres have gone 12-5 in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 2-8 in Kennedy's last 10 starts during game 1 of a series.
Getting the ball for the Giants tonight will be Tim Hudson, who is 5-7 with a 4.68 ERA in 15 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 2-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 6 starts. Tim is 7-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) in his career vs the Padres, while at Petco Park he is 1-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 9 games (8 starts).
Taking the hill for the Padres tonight will be Ian Kennedy, who is 4-9 with a 4.91 ERA in 16 starts this year, while at home he is 2-4 with a 6.18 ERA in 8 starts. Ian is 10-5 with a 2.38 ERA in 23 career starts vs the Giants.
Pick: I will look to the Over in this game. Neither starter has been in good shape this year and I feel that theses struggling offenses can get to them. Ian Kennedy has a whopping 6.18 ERA at home this year and those games have averaged 10.62 rpg. Those are numbers you don't see from many in this park. He also has a 5.43 ERA in night games and those games have averaged 9.7 rpg. Tim Hudson comes in with a 5.35 ERA on the road and those games have averaged 8.50 rpg. In his last 4 starts Tim has a 5.47 ERA on those games have put up 10.3 rpg.The Giants have averaged 4.82 rpg on the road, while San Diego has put up 3.95 rpg at home, so both offenses are more than capable of totalling at least 3 runs in this one vs some very shaky pitching.
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NCAA Football Betting Pick: Utah vs. Arizona State
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming to Utah for a Pac-12 college football match up in October and pro bettors Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik think the timing, the altitude, and the competition will be just too much for ASU. The Utes' stadium is a high-altitude venue, and the Sun Devils are going to be in the stretch of a rough run of games including match ups with conference heavyweights USC and Oregon. With this away game sandwiched between these tough games and no bye week to help them rest and recover, the thought is Utah will be the team to bet.