The San Diego Padres (4-2) will look to staff ace right-hander Blake Snell to get the win in the rubber match meeting against the San Francisco Giants (2-3) on Wednesday afternoon. After dropping Game 1 of their three-game set, 3-2 on Monday, the playoff-hopeful Padres bounced back to win Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Now, San Diego will hand the ball to one of the best pitchers in the majors to get the win, but San Francisco will counter with its own staff ace in right-hander Kevin Gausman.
With both hurlers coming off of fine performances in their respective season openers, let’s find out which team has the look of a winner on Wednesday, and start with the odds at the sportsbook.
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 4:10 p.m. ET
Where: Petco Park, San Francisco, CA
TV: NBC Bay Area, Bally Sports Network
San Francisco – Kevin Gausman – RHP
San Diego – Blake Snell – LHP
San Francisco +135
San Diego -150
San Francisco +1½ -145
San Diego -1½ +125
Gausman Looks for Repeat Performance
San Francisco has alternated wins and losses in every game this season. The Giants came up short in Tuesday night’s 3-1 road loss against the Padres. Frisco got a strong effort from starter Aaron Sanchez who limited the Padres to one run on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks in six innings.
Unfortunately, Frisco was limited to just three hits with shortstop Brandon Crawford going 1-for-3 with one run scored and the Giants’ only RBI on solo jack to lead off the third inning.
Now, the Giants are hoping for a repeat performance from staff ace right-hander Kevin Gausman. The fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, was phenomenal in his regular season opener. Gausman limited Seattle to one run and four total baserunners on two hits while striking out six across 6.2 innings.
“I thought he did a tremendous job,” manager Gabe Kapler said after the loss. “What a great outing for him. Well executed, well-pitched, good stuff, maintained it throughout right up until the end and that’s when you saw it diminishing just a little bit.”
San Francisco is averaging a modest 3.5 runs per game (23rd) while batting a collective .212 (21st). The Giants lead the majors in home runs (2.09) while ranking 12th in runs allowed (4.1 RPG) and 14th in opponents batting average (.222). Frisco has yet to play at home this season.
Snell Looks to Shut the Door
The Giants bounced back from their loss in Game 1 to scratch out the hard-fought win in Game 2. Veteran right-hander Yu Darvish limited San Francisco to one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking one in six innings.
Darvish’s personal catcher Victor Caratini hit a tie breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Padres to the win without superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
“The strength of this team is that everybody does their job really well and we help each other,” Darvish said about playing without the gifted Tatis.
Now, the Padres are looking to staff ace Blake Snell to shut the door on their NL West division rivals on Wednesday.
Snell was spectacular in his Padres debut by tossing 4.2 shutout innings in San Diego’s 4-2 home win over Arizona on Friday. The 28-year-old, 2018 AL Cy Young winner with Tampa Bay struck out eight and walked two before getting the early hook because of an 85-pitch limit for his first start. Despite his fine outing, Snell wasn’t pleased much.
“I’ve got to make better pitches and be a better starting pitcher and not put so many innings on the bullpen like I did,” Snell said after his first start. “It’s the first game, I get that. But again, with how I felt and the stuff that I had today, I’ve got to be better. I’m going to watch it and I’ll learn, I’ll grow.”
San Diego averages 4.1 runs per game (16th) while batting .267 as a team (6th). Defensively, the Padres are ranked a stellar second in runs allowed (2.67) and 13th in opponents batting average (.208). The Padres have yet to play on the road this season.
Snell Out-Duels Gausman To Get Win
Kevin Gausman was phenomenal in his first start this season, but Blake Snell was even better. I have no idea what Tampa Bay traded the 2018 Cy Young winner, but the Rays’ loss is Frisco’s gain. San Diego is 23-9 in its last 32 games against a right-handed starter and 16-7 in their last 23 home games against a right-handed starter.
San Francisco is 3-8 in its last 11 games as a road underdog. The Padres are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings against San Francisco and 5-1 in their last six home dates in this NL West rivalry. I like San Diego’s moneyline odds to take care of business to get the win in this Game 3 rubber match clash!