Definitely the biggest game of this 2010 MLB season happens this afternoon between the San Diego Padres and San Fransisco Giants at 4:05 PM EST time at AT&T Park in San Fran. The Padres come into the game 90-71 on the season, while the Giants sit a top the division with a 91-70 record on the year. San Diego has taken the first two games of this three game series and has made things extremely interesting in the NL playoff race, which includes the Atlanta Braves in the mix. The Braves face the Philadelphia Phillies today at home at 1:00 PM EST.
If the Giants win this afternoon they win the division and are in the playoffs. If the Giants lose and the Atlanta Braves win their game today the Giants and Padres would meet Monday in a one game playoff for the division, where the loser would visit the Braves on Tuesday to decide the NL Wild Card spot. If both the Giants and the Braves lose the Padres would claim top spot in the division and the Giants would receive the wild card spot.
Today the Padres send Mat Latos to the mound. Latos is 14-9 on the year with a 2.92 ERA and a WHIP of just 1.07. In the games that Latos has started the Padres are a respectable 17-13. What worries Padres fans is Latos performance in his last three starts. Latos is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in his past three starts.
Lefty Jonathan Sanchez goes for the Giants this afternoon. Sanchez is 12-9 on the season with a 3.15 ERA and WHIP of 1.22. In his last three starts the lefty has gone 2-1 with a solid 1.93 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. He has allowed just 11 hits in 18.2 innings of work in those previous three starts and looks to be hitting his stride as the Giants look to make a trip to the post season.
Padres vs Giants Odds:
San Diego Padres (+125)
@ San Fransisco Giants (-135)
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Padres vs Giants Prediction:
The Padres have had a solid series so far, and send their ace to the mound today. Unfortunately for them, Latos has been struggling and Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez has pitched extremely well as of late. I think this will be a one run ball game, but I have the Giants putting together a solid performance at home and clinching a post season birth with a win here today.
Final Score Prediction – Giants 4 Padres 3