Monday's MLB Pick: Padres vs. Giants

Jeff Grant

Monday, June 23, 2014 1:45 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 1:45 PM UTC

The San Francisco Giants have struggled to put things together this month, but they’ve got an opportunity to get back on track against the lowly San Diego Padres Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this National League West affair at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET.

A lost season
San Diego is already looking ahead to next season after firing general manager Josh Byrnes over the weekend, while the club dropped the final two games of its series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 4-2 setback as +101 home underdogs Sunday.

The Padres haven’t won a series since May 30-June 1, while they rank last in the Majors with a .214 average and just 225 runs scored.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 10-15 versus division opponents, with the UNDER going 15-8-2 in that situation.

Glad to be home
San Francisco dropped three of five games on its most recent road trip, but it did come away with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks as -137 favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for just the second time in 10 opportunities.

The Giants lead the Majors in scoring 53 first-inning runs, which has played a big part in putting together the NL’s best home record at 23-15.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is a disappointing 36-38 in June.

Odrisamer Despaigne will make his MLB debut in the series opener, as he tallied a 1-3 record and 6.03 ERA in seven combined starts at the Double-A and Triple-A level.

The 27-year-old right-hander compiled a 3.65 ERA over the course of an eight-year career in Cuba before arriving in the United States.

Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (1-5, 4.52 ERA) has dropped back-to-back trips to the mound, including an 8-2 setback on the road to the Chicago White Sox last Sunday—giving up eight runs (seven earned) and 10 hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA in four home starts, with opposing hitters batting just .174 against him (.276 on the road).

In 32 career outings versus the Padres, Cain has produced a 7-13 record and 3.04 ERA, including a 3-5 mark and 3.81 ERA in 16 home appearances.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their pro baseball picks, as they’ve won 21 of their last 28 home games in this rivalry.
Free MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants

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