Bet Giants over Padres for your MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Sunday, July 6, 2014 2:07 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 2:07 PM UTC

The San Diego Padres (39-48) ,who have been steadily climbing up the standings, could give the San Francisco Giants (48-39) a run for their money today in an appealing starting pitching matchup at Petco Park. See who we like as our betting pick.

First pitch is set for 4:10 pm ET this afternoon at Petco Park in San Diego, California. This game can be seen on MLB TV.

Odds makers have been swayed by the starting pitching matchup as the Padres are actually the -120 betting favorites and the total for the game is an anemic 6.5 runs.

San Diego has won 6 out of their last 10 games despite a league’s worst offense while the Giants have lost 7 out of their last 10 games and dropped out of the division lead to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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A Future Ace?
With the offense that the Padres have, they sure can use an ace and thus far Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.95) has delivered with flying colors.

Although it’s a short sampling, Hahn has started his major league career off on the right foot as he’s held opposing offenses to just a .190 batting average. In his last 24 innings, Hahn has allowed just 2 earned runs.

The only issue with Hahn is that Padres management doesn’t want to overpitch this kid and they’ll only get 5 to 6 innings out of him at best per start. This means that he needs to be near perfect as the game is left in the hands of the Padres bullpen.

Seth Smith
The Padres rank 30th in every offensive category in the majors; it’s simply disgusting. Each team needs a representative for the All-Star Game and on the Padres it’s very difficult to find one.

Seth Smith far and away has been the best hitter on this club with a .278 batting average, 9 home runs and 26 runs batted in. RBI’s are one of the most of the important offensive statistics that a player can have and can you believe that we are more than half way through the 2014 MLB season and Seth Smith leads the Pads with just 26 RBI’s? I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a lack of production ever.

Shake Up the Rookie
The San Francisco Giants know that this is the goal to victory. Tim Lincecum will keep them in the game and they’ll have to rely on Hunter Pence (11 HR, 31 RBI, .296), Buster Posey (9 HR, 41 RBI, .286) and the Pablo Sandoval (10 HR, 36 RBI, .261) to get the job done.

The power numbers haven’t been there as of late, but Hunter Pence has been ultra-consistent as he’s riding a 10 game hitting streak.

Buster Posey, who has never lived up to his star status, has some very good splits and has fared well against San Diego. Posey is batting .336 on the road and is 13 for 39 with 2 HR and 7 RBI against the Pads. He’s also a lifetime 1 for 3 off of Hahn with a run batted in.

In order to win this ball game, San Francisco needs to get past Hahn and into the Padres bullpen.

Jesse Hahn might be off to a fast start, but he has nothing behind him offensively. I’ll gladly take the Giants as a betting underdog and as my betting pick.

MLB Pick: San Francisco +111 at 5 Dimes

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