Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres – MLB May 4

Pirates (12-16, 7-9 road) at Padres (17-13, 8-9 home)

  • Time: 7:10 PST, 9:10 CST, 10:10 pm EST
  • Place: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
  • TV: AT&T SportsNet, Bally Sports San Diego, MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The San Diego Padres have won four out of their last five games after blanking the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0, on Monday night in San Diego. Six Padres’ pitchers provided the shut out of the Pirates although Pittsburgh’s Tyler Anderson had a no-hitter into the seventh inning where it was broken up by San Diego’s Will Myers.

After Myers’ hit, Tommie Pham hit a sacrifice fly to plate Manny Machado and then Austin Nola drove home Myers for the win. Mark Melancon came on in the ninth inning to save his 10th game in as many opportunities.

The Padres currently sit at third in the NL West, but only one game off the San Francisco Giants for the division lead.

The Pirates have dropped five in a row as they have now been shut out in back-to-back games, going back to Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The Pirates and Chicago Cubs sit it a tie for fourth in the NL Central, some 4.5 games behind the division leading Brewers and Cardinals.

The two teams split at PNC Park two weeks ago. Pittsburgh has won three of it’s last four and six of it’s last nine at Petco Park.

Vs. The Spread:

Pirates:

  • Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in their last 11 vs. the Padres
  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of the Pirates’ last 5 road games
  • The OVER has been the play in 4 of the Pirates’ last 6 games in Petco Park

Padres:

  • The total has gone over in 6 of San Diego’s last 9 games
  • The UNDER has been the call in 13 of San Diego’s last 16 home games
  • The Padres are 5-2 SU in their last 7 outings
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Pittsburgh Pirates +1½ (-105) +205 O 7½ (-110)
San Diego Padres -1½ (-115) -245 U 7½ (-110)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

The Starters:

Pittsburgh sends Mitch Keller (1-3, 8.24 ERA) to the hill against Ryan Weathers (1-0, 0.55 ERA).

Keller faced San Diego back on April 17 and gave up seven runs on nine hits in 9.1 innings. He has usually been knocked out of games early as five innings is the most he has lasted. On the two occasions where he did go five, he picked up his only win over the Cubs and had a no-decision. Keller struck out seven in 80 innings in that win over Chicago.

Weathers has started his last three games as they are all no decisions as well. That, said manager Jayce Tingler pulled Weather six games ago at the beginning of the Padres’ 12-3 rout of the Diamondback at Chase Field. Arm soreness was the issue and something he had dealt with in the minors.

Weathers is back tonight, but look for Tingler to have him on a short leash without any reservations.

Pirates Bats:

Pittsburgh Pirates LogoFirst baseman Colin Moran leads the Buccos with 19 RBI and four home runs. He went 3-for-4 twice in his last six games and while not getting a hit in the other four. He is hitting .357 with runner is scoring position and .429 with two out under that scenario….Leftfielder Bryan Reynolds has swung a hot bat so far at .284 and he is second in hits with 29 and leads the Pirates with 20 run. Reynolds is hitting .368 with two home runs at Petco Park….Catcher Jacob Stalliings, son of former Vanderbilt and Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings was hit in the face by Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez on Sunday. He stayed in the game as he went 1-for-2.

Pirates Chat:

The Buccaneers’ bats need to come to life as we noted earlier that they haven’t scored since the 12-5 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. St. Louis scattered five hits Sunday while San Diego did more scattering with four on Monday. You have to go back to the seventh inning on Saturday to  find Bucs’ run as they plated two in the seventh.

Padres Bats:

San Diego Padres LogoFernando Tatis, Jr. picked up that team leading eighth home run on Sunday as the Padres downed the Giants, 8-5. Tatis was 0-for-4 last night as he has seen his batting average drop 34 points to .228 since April 28….The Padres have hit 29 home runs this season and 22 of those have been of the solo variety. Their 75.9 percent color home run rate leads MLB.

Friars Chat:

Mark Melancon was named the NL Reliever of the Month has he converted all nine of his save opportunities. He made 12 appearances in April with an 0.69 ERA and went out and promptly saved his 10th game yesterday evening….The Padres have proven they are looking to jump on opposing pitchers early in the game and not let them settle in as they have hit .298 in Innings 1-3 and then only .212 in inning 4-9 through Sunday. Pitchers have been in another place as they have a 1.97 ERA in innings 4-9, fourth in the MLB in that scenario.

Winner: Padres (-1.5)

The Bets
Padres -1.5
-115
Padres
-245
Under 7½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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