Padres Seeking More Success On Road
The San Diego Padres look to win a second consecutive game when they host the San Francisco Giants Friday night to begin a three-game series. San Diego is coming off a 2-0, Yu Darvish-led shutout Thursday against the homestanding Philadelphia Phillies, taking two-of-three in that series (both by shutout). San Francisco had its two-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a loss to the host Colorado Rockies. San Francisco is in third place in the NL West standings, 1½ games behind the second-place Padres. It’s a very close division race, so before you decide how to bet online on this contest, read our in-depth preview.
Welcome Back, Melvin
The San Diego Padres are expected to have manager Bob Melvin in the dugout for Friday’s game, his first since undergoing prostate surgery May 11th. Melvin missed nine games, as bench coach Ryan Christenson went 6-3.
San Diego pitchers threw two shutouts in the three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Now, it’s left-hander Sean Manaea who will try to keep that roll going against the Giants. Manaea is 2-3 with a 3.77 ERA this season, recording 50 strikeouts in 43 innings. Manaea has allowed three earned runs in each of his last three starts, including against the Atlanta Braves in his latest effort. He went seven innings, surrendering six hits, (including a homer), but struck out 12.
Third baseman Manny Machado went 2-for-5 in Thursday’s win, improving his batting average to .355. That’s second in MLB. Machado has eight doubles, seven home runs, 23 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
First baseman Eric Hosmer is batting .336, ranking fifth in the majors after going 1-for-4 in Thursday’s contest. Hosmer has eight doubles, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Giants Getting Better Play From Yastrzemski
The San Francisco Giants may have lost Wednesday, but they did get another solid performance from outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. He’s been heating up over the last few weeks. He had two hits in four Wednesday at-bats, including a double, driving in a run and scoring once. It’s a .349 average over Yastrzemski’s last 18 games.
“I tried to get back to taking good at-bats and making things simple and not trying too hard to do too much,” Yastrzmeski said after the loss Wednesday. “That kind of helps.”
Yastrzemski is batting .290 with six doubles, three home runs, 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored this season, despite spending some time in the COVID-19 injured list.
Shortstop Thairo Estrada went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a run scored in the setback Wednesday. Estrada had seven hits in the three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, and is batting .271 with nine doubles, two home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored.
Right-hander Jakob Junis will make his third start and fifth appearance of the season. The 29-year-old is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA, striking out 18 in 20⅔ innings. He lost in his last start, going 5⅔ innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. He surrendered two runs on six hits-including a homer-striking out three and walking one.
Padres vs Giants Head-to-Head
The San Francisco Giants took two-of-three from their division rivals during their first series of the season in early April. The Giants won 11 of the 19 games a season ago, including six-of-10 at home.
Before last season, San Diego had a winning record against the Giants on the road in both 2019 and 2020. The MLB lines for Friday’s game are giving a small edge to San Francisco at home.
Padres vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Padres (24-14) vs Giants (22-15)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, May 20th, 10:15 p.m. ET
- Padres vs Giants Streaming: MLB.tv
Padres vs Giants Betting Lines
|San Diego Padres S. Manaea -L||+1½ -200||+112||7½-115 o||3½-135 o / 3½+105 u|
|San Francisco Giants J. Junis -R||-1½ +170||-122||7½-105 u||3½-140 o / 3½+110 u|
Padres vs Giants Prediction
The San Diego Padres should get a lift from Melvin returning to the dugout, and they feature two of the best hitters in the game. The San Francisco Giants have been inconsistent offensively. That will cost them in this one.
When making your MLB picks, take San Diego to earn the road win.