San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/23/2021
Game Time: 4:10 pm ET, Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
Venue: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Where to Watch: NBCS BA, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Deportes San Diego
Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Giants -105. Padres -115; Over/Under: 8 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline: Giants -105. Padres -115; Over/Under: 8 runs
PointsBet: Moneyline: Giants -105. Padres -115; Over/Under: 8 runs
Giants: 98-53 (1st NL West)
Padres: 76-74 (3rd NL West)
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Giants vs Padres Preview and Analysis
The Giants are 7-3 over their last ten games. Logging 7 Overs and 3 Unders (no, they don’t align with wins and losses… that would make parlays too easy). They went 2-0 against the Chicago Cubs, 2-2 against the San Diego Padres in a thrilling four-game series, 2-1 against the Atlanta Braves a pitching duel that saw 2 of the Unders in the three-game series, and now 1-0 against the San Diego padres to open this series.
The National League West has been torture for the Padres. They have a good team. They hit well, they field well, they have solid pitching… but they keep getting smacked by the reality that they are in a division with two of the league's four Super Teams. If they were in the NL Central, or the AL West or somewhere where their level of talent could flourish they would be approaching 90 wins. The Padres are 2-8 over their last ten games. They have been swooning since being left in the mathematical dust. They recorded 8 Overs and 2 Unders in the stretch. They went 0-2 against the Dodgers, 2-2 against the San Francisco Giants, got swept 0-3 by the St Louis Cardinals, then opened this matchup with the Giants 0-1.
The Giants are an unfeeling, unblinking, winning machine. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been right on their heels all June, July and August, resulting in what feels like a never-ending one-game lead. They can’t afford to look a game ahead lest they stumble. They are 7th in runs scored 4.91 per game, 6th in team batting average .249, 5th in OBP .329.
The Padres are 12th in team batting average .242, 14th in runs scored 4.35 per game, 10th in OBP .322. These numbers have dipped considerably in September. They have lost four straight games and against the Giants that number could stretch. The last outing against the Giants Wednesday night was close, a 6-5 finish… they don’t put you in the win column for close.
The Giants will start Logan Webb on the mound. Logan makes this pitching matchup look tilted in the Giants favor… but aren’t they all usually? Logan is 10-3, 2.79 ERA, 141 SO in 132.1 IP, 1.10 WHIP. Logan is a 24 year old ACE with a strong bullpen behind him.
The Padres starting pitcher will be Yu Darvish 8-10, 4.13 ERA, 186 strikeouts in 157 innings of work 1.06 WHIP. We all know Yu he’s played all over. The 35 year old from Osaka Japan has been with the Texas Rangers, LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and now the Padres. He is getting long in the tooth but still has an impressive whip.
Giants vs Padres Prediction
Our prediction for Thursday, September 23rd is… Giants 7 - Padres 4
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MLB Betting Trends
The Giants O/U is 32-40-4 in road games.
The Giants are 38-17 moneyline in day games.
The Padres O/U is 38-36-2 in home games.
The Padres are 22-25 moneyline in day games.
Giants: J. Queto SP (elbow) Out til October. * A. Dickerson (leg) Out indefinitely.
Padres: T. Wingenter RP (Elbow) Out. * J. Ona RF (elbow) Out
Players to Watch
Giants: Brandon Belt… Brandon leads the Giants in home runs. Dropping a lot of ball into the bay. As the season slims down with fewer and fewer games to play, the power hitters become much more important. A game winning home run is really a Dodger killing home run. A 3 RBI home run will buy your bullpen some rest. Swing away BB swing away.
Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. The SS leads the Padres in home runs 39 and OPS .983. He is the show in San Diego. A young guy that can hit and seems to have MVPs in his future. He can alter any game by having a good day at the plate.
“LaMonte was in battle mode,...He’s been so big in those situations. He got a ball that he was able to fight off and kept us alive and put us in a good position.” - Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, after a win Tuesday.
T. La Stella, 2B
B. Belt, 1B
B. Posey, C
L. Wade Jr., RF
K. Bryant, LF
B. Crawford, SS
E. Longoria, 3B
M. Yastrzemski, CF
F. Tatis Jr., SS
J. Cronenworth, 1B
M. Machado, 3B
A. Frazier, 2B
T. Pham, LF
J. Profar, RF
A. Nola, C
T. Grisham, CF
Batting Average: Jose Quintana
Wins: Kevin Gausman
Home Runs: Brandon Belt
WHIP: Curt Casell
Home Runs: Fernando Tatis JR
OPS: Fernando Tatis JR
Wins: Joe Musgrove
Padres: Jayce Tingler
Giants: Gabe Kapler
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