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My 10* "Signature" 37-Club Play is on the SF Giants at 9:45 ET.
The San Diego Padres ended a 13-year postseason drought in 2020 by going 37-23. The Padres won their wild card series but got swept 3-0 in the NLDS by the Dodgers As for the Giants, they made a run at the expanded playoffs in 2020 but fell short at 29-31. The Padres have really improved their roster the last couple of years and almost all felt that they would challenge the Dodgers for the 2021 West title (LA has won EIGHT straight division titles). As for the Giants, not much was expected.
However, just a little over 30 games into the 2021 season, the 18-13 Giants sit atop the NL West with the 18-14 Padres just a half-game back. BOTH teams have moved past the Dodgers, who have lost 13 of 17 after a 13-2 starts to find themselves at 17-15. The Padres and Giants have split their first six meetings of 2021, with ALL games being played in San Diego. The first contest of this three-game series from Oracle Park is Friday, featuring Blake Snell (1-0, 3.51 ERA) of the Padres and Anthony DeSclafani (2-1, 2.00 ERA) of the Giants.
Snell was traded Snell to the San Diego Padres last December. after years with Tampa Bay. He won the Cy Young back in 2018 but most knew he was "done with the Rays" after he was pulled by manager Kevin Cash in the 6th inning after pitching a shutout with two hits and nine strikeouts. in Game 6 with the Rays leading 1–0 with one out. The Dodgers then scored two runs in that inning and would go on to win the game 3–1 and the World Series. Snell makes his seventh start of the season (team is 3-3), after picking up his first win of the season last Saturday at home over the Giants in San Diego. He held the Giants to two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
DeSclafani suffered his only loss of the current season in that game, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. DeSclafani began his career with Miami in 2014 but spent the last five season with Cincy. He had a decent 2019 season (9-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts) but the 2020 season was a 'disaster' (7.2 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in nine appearances, including seven starts). The Giants signed DeSclafani to a one-year contract worth $6 million on December 16, 2020, He's delivered "big time" so far, with a 2.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and .189 BAA. The team is just 3-3 in his starts but DON'T blame DeSclafani.
DeSclafani has made just TWO home starts this season and has pitched 15 scoreless innings, allowing only nine hits with a 17-2 KW ratio. He's made six career starts vs San Diego, posting a 2.57 ERA and 0.97 WHIP (teams are 4-2). in this quick "re-hook" from Saturday, DeSclafani and the Giants are the play, especially as a home dog!
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