MLB Game Preview: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

Aug 8, 2022

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Game: San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

Time: 9:40 p.m. ET

Odds: Giants +156, Padres -190

Total: 8

The San Diego Padres went all-in at the trade deadline and added Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and Brandon Drury. All three players were in the Padres’ new-look lineup last week when San Diego pounded Colorado 9-1 last week. Then, the Padres lost four straight. Reality set in over the weekend as San Diego got swept by the Dodgers. Now, the big question is not how far San Diego can go in the postseason. It is will the Padres even make the playoffs.

Tonight, San Diego welcomes another NL West rival, San Francisco, to Petco Park. The Giants were also swept by the Dodgers just before they played the Padres over the weekend. San Francisco rebounded to take two games from Oakland over the weekend. Tonight, the Giants will start Alex Wood who had a string of good starts in July until he faced the Dodgers last. Against L.A., Wood allowed six runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings. It was the first time Wood looked hittable in over a month.

So far this season, the Giants are 10-11 when Wood is the starting pitcher. He is 7-9 with a 4.42 ERA. The left-hander has started three games against the Padres this season. He is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. For his career, Wood is 5-3 against San Diego in 13 starts and he has a 3.12 ERA. What’s interesting is that Wood is 3-1 in six starts with a 1.56 ERA in games against the Padres in San Diego.

The Padres will also go with a lefty tonight – former Cy Young winner Blake Snell. He started the 2022 season on a sour note. San Diego lost eight of his first nine starts of the season and Snell’s ERA hovered over 4.00. More recently, Snell has been sharp. San Diego has won four of his last five starts and Snell has won his last three straight. In those last three trips to the mound, Snell has pitched 17 innings, allowed 12 hits, struck out 21 and has an ERA of 1.06. Snell actually got his first win of the season on July when he allowed one run and struck out 11 in six innings against the Giants.

The Padres have won just once in their last five games, but they are 5-1 SU in their last six at home. The Giants are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games. San Francisco is 2-5 SU in its last seven games against San Diego and the Giants are 2-7 SU in their last nine road games.

Both teams are trending Over. The Over is 4-2 in the Giants’ last six games and 4-1 in the Padres’ last five. The total has gone Over in six of San Diego’s last eight games when playing at home against San Francisco. Going back to the previous 25 Giants-Padres matchups, the Over is 17-8.