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Padres, Giants Vie For Series Victory In Rubber Match In San Fran

Mike Yastrzemski slides into to second base as Jurickson Profar throws the ball

After trading blows in the first two games of this series, the Giants eye their first series win of the season while the Padres eye their second. Dinelson Lamet and Kevin Gausman will get the ball to close out this set.

San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants
  • Date/Time: July 30, 9:45 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Oracle Park
  • TV Coverage: FS1
  • Opening Odds: Padres -167 | O/U 8 runs (Line History)
  • Padres vs Giants Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Since opening as a -160 favorite, San Diego has become a slightly bigger favorite at -167 while the Giants are now going off as a +157 underdog. The total has also moved slightly from its opener of 8.5 runs down to its current line of 8 runs. The Padres have been favored in all seven of their games this season.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Dinelson Lamet looked sharp in his season debut last Saturday, striking out eight over five innings of one-run ball en route to a 5-1 win over Arizona. Lamet’s fastball is showing improved velocity as the 28-year-old looks poised to improve on a 2019 campaign that saw him go 3-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 14 starts.

Kevin Gausman came out of the bullpen last Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and allowed two earned runs over four innings. Gausman makes his first start for the Giants on Thursday after splitting time between the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds last season. The righty pitched 102.1 innings in 2019, sporting a 5.72 ERA and 1.42 WHIP.

San Diego News & Notes

Manny Machado had his first multi-hit game of the season in Wednesday’s loss to the Giants with two hits, a home run and two RBIs. The Padres are hoping to get more out of their star slugger this season after Machado batted just .256 in his first year with the club in 2019. Machado raised his batting average to .227 with the 2-for-4 day Wednesday.

San Diego’s pitching is off to a strong start in 2020. The team ranks seventh in the majors in both ERA (3.06) and WHIP (1.09) through the first six games of the young season.

San Francisco News & Notes

Mike Yastrzemski had a breakout season in his rookie campaign last year, batting .272 with 21 home runs, 64 runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games played. The Giants right-fielder has picked up where he left off by batting .409 out of the gate for San Francisco.

Help is on the way for Yastrzemski and the rest of the Giants lineup as Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt are both expected to make their season debut in Thursday’s game. San Francisco has been a big underdog in all six of its games this season but has rewarded its backers with a 3-3 record, including two upsets over the World Series favorite Los Angeles Dodgers.

Betting Pick: San Diego -167

Dinelson Lamet showed flashes of brilliance last season and appears to have taken a step forward this offseason. His edge over Gausman in the starting pitching matchup should lead the Padres to a road victory.

Shark Bites
  • Mike Yastrzemski leads both teams with 9 hits.
  • San Francisco is the most profitable team in 2020 on the moneyline (+$465).
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games.