Giants vs Padres Prediction - MLB Picks 8/31/23

San Diego Padres (62-72) vs San Francisco Giants (69-64)

Game Info: Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Petco Park)

Pedro Avila (0-1) (2.63) vs TBD () ()

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The San Francisco Giants will play the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of their series on Thursday night at Petco Park in San Diego, California. San Diego is fourth in the NL West, while San Francisco is fighting for a NL Wild Card berth. 

Giants Preview

The San Francisco Giants are 69-64 this season and they have won three of their last four games. San Francisco is coming off of a series win against the Reds, where they won two out of three games. The Giants struggled to get much of anything going at the plate on Wednesday, but they have scored 4+ runs in three of their last four games. The San Francisco pitching staff has a 3.95 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .251 opponent batting average this year. The Giants offense has scored 573 runs with a .238 batting average and a .314 on base percentage. J.D. Davis is batting .248 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI’s for the Giants. The projected starting pitcher for San Francisco has not been announced yet. 

Padres Preview

The San Diego Padres are 62-72 this season and they have lost five of their last six games. San Diego is coming off of a series loss with the Cardinals, where they lost two out of three games on the road. The Padres have allowed 5+ runs in five of their last six games. The San Diego pitching staff has a 3.86 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average. The Padres offense has scored 602 runs with a .239 batting average and a .325 on base percentage this season. Juan Soto is batting .262 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI’s for the Padres. The projected starting pitcher for San Diego is Pedro Avila, who is 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 27.1 innings pitched this year. 

San Diego Padres Team Facts

  • The Padres have lost each of their last eight Thursday games at Petco Park.
  • The Padres have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 10 Thursday games at Petco Park.
  • The Padres have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last five Thursday night home games.

San Francisco Giants Team Facts

  • The Giants have won each of their last six road games against NL West opponents.
  • The Giants have failed to cover the run line eight of their last nine road games against teams that held a losing record.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Giants' last three road games against National League opponents.
  • The Giants have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last five games against opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The San Diego Padres ranks 5th in the league for runs allowed this season (548).
  • The San Diego Padres ranks T25th in the league for triples this season (11).
  • The San Francisco Giants ranks 2nd in the league for walks allowed this season (338).
  • The San Francisco Giants ranks T3rd in the league for home runs allowed this season (142).

Pick

The Padres come into this game after another disappointing series, but they are at home, where they are above .500 on the year. San Francisco is 31-33 on the road, but they are fighting for a Wild Card spot. San Diego is starting Pedro Avila, who has allowed six earned runs in his last 5 innings of work. The Giants haven’t announced their plans for Thursday, but it sounds like Sean Manaea may see a few innings. I am going to take San Diego in this game, as they have been a different team at home this year. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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