|1.5 SF (-151) @ pinnacle|
8* Run Line San Francisco (4:05 ET): Please note that this is a run line play where I am backing the Giants at +1.5. Despite leading the NL West with a 19-13 record, the Giants don’t seem to be getting the requisite amount of respect they deserve. This division was supposed to be a “two-horse” race between the Dodgers and Padres, but thanks to excellent pitching, the Giants are up on both of those teams. They beat the Padres 5-4 yesterday and are now 4-3 against them this season. Four of the seven games have been decided by one run and in a game that isn’t likely to have many runs, I’ll take the +1.5 Saturday.
While they had only four hits last night, the Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead and all of the Padres' scoring was confined to one inning. San Francisco is now 11-3 at home and that’s easily the best such mark in baseball right now. It’s a dominant 11-3 too; the Giants are outscoring the opposition by nearly two full runs per game here and allowing an opposing batting average of .177! Kevin Gausman will get the starting nod today and he’s unbeaten in six starts with a 2.04 ERA and 0.882 WHIP. He’s allowed 1 ER or less in five of those six starts.
Joe Musgrove, who will go for the Padres Saturday, did throw a no-hitter on April 9th vs. Texas. But he’s seen his ERA rise each of the four starts since, three of which saw him last five innings or less. The last one was against Gausman and the Giants. The Padres lost that game 7-1 with Musgrove giving up six of the runs last Sunday. Meanwhile, the only run allowed in six innings by Gausman was on a solo HR. The Giants are 9-2 in day games as well. 8* Run Line San Francisco (+1.5)
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