The Giants look ahead as they face Edison Volquez and the San Diego Padres. Let's look at the MLB odds for Game 1.
First pitch is set for tonight at 10:15 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. This game can be seen on MLB TV.
Bet 365 Sportsbook currently lists the Giants as a -126 betting favorite and the total for the game is 8 runs.
This is a relatively even matchup as you have a Giants team who are tops in the division every year and are on a downward trend and the San Diego Padres who are coming into AT&T Ballpark riding a 6 game winning streak.
Zito To the Rescue?
San Francisco starter Barry Zito (4-5, 4.79) is the model of inconsistency. If there was a picture on a magazine cover of players that started off their careers well, picked up a big contract, and have been average since the contract, Zito’s face would be on the front cover.
Zito has the unenviable task of facing a red hot Padres team that’s looking to pass the Giants in the standings and Zito recently got rocked in his last start against the improved Pittsburgh Pirates.
In his last start, Zito allowed 8 runs and 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings. It’s his 2nd consecutive loss and although Edison Volquez (5-5, 5.87) has had a rough season for the Pads, San Francisco couldn’t possibly feel confident coming into this ball game.
Zito is a career 5-9 with a 4.46 ERA in 22 career starts against the Padres.
Posey “On Point”
One thing that San Francisco can feel confident about is the play of catcher Buster Posey. Posey isn’t a power hitter, but he can knock in runs (41) and hits for average (.316). In his last 8 games, Posey is an amazing 15 for 35 with 1 HR and 10 RBI.
This should be a close game. Neither pitcher is on top of their game. Players like Buster Posey and Hunter Pence can easily be the difference in breaking San Diego’s winning streak.
Timely Hits and Solid Pitching
San Diego’s statistics don’t jump off at the page. Chase Headley isn’t the player that he was last season. The pitching has held up for the Pads with performances like the one that they got from Clayton Richard. Richard has had a terrible season, but came through for San Diego on Sunday en route to a 4-1 victory. Richard went 8 innings and allowed just 1 run on 7 hits.
Leadoff man, Everth Cabrera, has given the Padres a much needed advantage as a solid leadoff hitter that sets the tone for the offense.
Cabrera has been a beast on the base path, stealing 31 bases to go along with his 4 HR, 24 RBI, and .305 BA. Cabrera has a .382 OBP% and has been the leader of this baseball team.
He’s on a 5 game hitting streak and is 8 for his last 16 with 5 runs and 2 SB’s. If Cabrera can make an impact in this game, San Francisco will be in trouble.
I’m going to take the live dog here for my baseball picks. San Diego has all of the momentum while the Giants are coming off of public embarrassment and Barry Zito is a question mark.