Zach Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The San Francisco Giants welcome the San Diego Padres to the beautiful Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, no fans will be able to enjoy Oracle Park because of the coronavirus pandemic. The seats will be empty like everywhere else in Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Don’t expect to see fans in the ballparks in any capacity this season.
Fans probably won’t miss much at Oracle Park this season. It’s possible they get hot and get into the expanded postseason, but I see their lack of depth catching up to them. That goes for the pitching staff and lineup. The Giants had no interest in keeping Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco. If Bumgarner wanted to take a serious hometown discount, then fine, but the Giants aren’t in a position right now to spend a lot of money on aging vets.
Fan favorite Hunter Pence is back with the Giants, and one could argue signing an aging veteran like Pence isn’t rebuilding. However, Pence wanted to return to the Giants, and they didn’t have to overpay for him. And from a talent standpoint, Pence showed that he can still play baseball at a high level last year with the Texas Rangers.
He isn’t an instant fix for the Giants, though. Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria are expected to return against the Padres at the corners, so that’s a positive. However, Buster Posey isn’t returning and won’t be coming back this season as a result of the coronavirus. Longoria and Belt might be good trade bait for the Giants. It would make sense for the Giants if one or both of them are playing well near the deadline. They’re both vets that could help elsewhere, though neither are in the long-term plans for the Giants.
The Giants looked good in their opening series against the LA Dodgers. A split is considered good, especially after they got smacked in the first two games. The Giants are coming off an impressive pitching performance in a 3-1 win on Sunday Night Baseball.
They enter today with a record of 2-2, with veteran Jeff Samardzija, more potential trade bait, set to take the hill for the Giants. Zach Davies is scheduled to start for the 3-1 San Diego Padres. San Diego defeated the Diamondbacks, 6-2, in the series finale to open the season with a series win. Head below for our free San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants pick for July 28, 2020.
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Many people were expecting to see former Brady Quinn’s favorite target in college at Notre Dame after Johnny Cueto in the rotation. However, the Giants saved Jeff Samardzija for the home opener in San Francisco. Without fans in attendance, the home opener is a bit hollow, but it always feels nice to play at home. Samardzija is in the final year of his current deal and would make for a perfect trade chip. He’s coming off a productive season in 2019.
It was the best season of his five-year career with the Giants. He posted an ERA of 3.52 and 1.11 WHIP in 32 starts.There have been no complaints regarding Samardzija in spring and summer training. He looked sharp with an ERA of 2.08 and 1.15 WHIP in three games across 8.2 innings of work. If Samardzija wants a big deal in the offseason with his contract expiring, this would be the year to follow up success in 2019 with even more success in 2020.
Zach Davies has had success against the Giants in the past. The Giants are hitting .204 with a .250 OBP in 33 at-bats against Davies. Pablo Sandoval is the only Giant to connect off Davies for a long ball. The Giants’ offense isn’t anything to get excited about this season, and Davies should be able to handle them on Tuesday night.
Davies is coming off a solid season with a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with the Milwaukee Brewers. Heading into his sixth year in the majors, this is his first season with a different team other than the Brewers. He was more effective on the road last season, with an ERA of 2.94 as opposed to a 4.26 ERA at home.
Davies was feeling it in spring and summer training. He wrapped up the exhibition schedule with a 1.13 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 8 innings of work. Davies and Samardzija will likely get into a bit of a duel in this one Tuesday night at Oracle Park. There should be some consideration for the UNDER between the Padres and Giants.