Back Giants over Padres for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, April 18, 2014 6:40 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have built a strong reputation on winning close games, which provides them an edge over the San Diego Padres Friday night.

By a single run
San Francisco has played in a MLB-high nine one-run games—compiling a 5-4 record in that situation.

The Giants had their three-game winning streak snapped Thursday afternoon, as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers as -124 home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive affair.

It’s important to point out that the club has tallied a 99-65 mark versus division opponents since the start of the 2012 campaign.

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All about pitching
San Diego has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat to the Colorado Rockies as -136 home favorites yesterday afternoon, while going UNDER the betting total for the seventh time in 10 contests.

The Padres have allowed the fewest home runs in baseball, while closer Huston Street has picked up a save in 30 of his last 31 opportunities dating back to last season.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 2-2 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 in 2014.


Cain
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (0-2, 4.00 ERA) has watched the club drop his first three outings of the season, as the offense has provided him just six runs of support over that span.

The right-hander has gone 7-11 with a 3.15 ERA in 31 career outings versus the Padres, including a 4-6 mark and 2.46 ERA in 15 efforts at this ballpark.

In 42 career games in April, Cain has compiled a disappointing 8-13 record and 3.72 ERA.

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Ross
Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (1-2, 3.12 ERA) picked up his first win of the season last time out, as he allowed just a single run and six hits over seven innings of work in a 5-1 home victory over the Detroit Tigers. 

In five lifetime appearances (three starts) versus the Giants, Ross has put together a 0-2 record and 4.50 ERA. 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won their last six series openers.

Pick: San Francisco Giants +102