San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick – September 10, 2020

Probable Starters:

    Trevor Cahill (0-0, 2.65 ERA) vs. Chris Paddack (3-4, 4.75 ERA)

The San Diego Padres ended their series against the Colorado Rockies with a 5-3 win on Wednesday. This was after the Padres beat the Rockies by a score of 1-0 and 14-5, so they won with a little bit of variety. Zach Davies was responsible for another rock solid performance yesterday.

Davies went 6 innings with 3 earned runs conceded. We’ve seen him pitch better before, but it wasn’t a bad outing for a guy looking for a payday in the near future. The bullpen held in there well across 3 innings to close out the Rockies for a sweep.The Padres are staying within reaching distance of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but don’t seem to be getting any closer.

They’ve been stuck at 4.5 games behind the Dodgers for what feels like weeks now. When the Padres keep trading wins and losses that’s what happens. The Dodgers have shown some vulnerabilities recently against the Diamondbacks and Rockies. They aren’t unbeatable, and had to claw and fight for two wins over the D-backs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Dodgers needed extra innings to get past a very beatable Diamondbacks squad after dropping two in a row versus the Rockies at home. If a team smells blood in the water against the Dodgers in the postseason, look out, because we could be in for another good old fashion choke job.

The San Francisco Giants might have an opportunity to pull off an epic upset in the postseason against the Dodgers. That would be courtesy of Major League Baseball and their expanded playoff. The Giants may very well get into the postseason with a record around the .500 mark. If the postseason started today, the Giants would be going to the playoffs with a record of 23-21. That’s baseball in 2020.

Trevor Cahill is scheduled to get the starting nod for the Giants in San Diego, but this might be one of those bullpen games. Cahill is not 100% and dealing with a hip injury. He lasted just 3 innings in his last performance because of his hip. Somebody in the bullpen will likely be warned about an early call. Chris Paddack is expected to counter for the Padres. Head below for our free San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres pick for September 10, 2020.

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres MLB Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Giants +1.5 (-120)
  • Padres -1.5 (+100)
Moneyline:

  • Giants (+173)
  • Padres (-188)
Total:

  • Over 8.5 (-120)
  • Under 8.5 (+100)

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San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Prediction:

The Padres might see a lot of the Giants’ bullpen in this one. As I stated above, Cahill has a hip injury and may not be able to last long in this one. Cahill went 2.2 innings with 2 hits and 1 earned runs conceded versus the Diamondbacks on September 5.

That isn’t much time for him to rest his hip. Maybe it doesn’t impact him severely, but it should hurt his delivery. Overall, though, Cahill has been strong with an ERA of 2.65 and 1.18 WHIP in five games. The Padres on the road is a really tall order, though.

Cahill has an ERA of 3.00 and 1.44 WHIP on the road in 9 innings. Nothing too wrong with that, but he must deal with the second best offense in the majors in this one. The Braves jumped up to first because of the 29 runs they scored yesterday, so without that skewing the numbers, the Padres would be first with 5.73 runs per game.

They’re certainly more consistently offensively than the Braves. Again, Cahill isn’t pitching at 100% as well, so he might run into a problem or two with his delivery. If that’s the case, a quick call to the bullpen will be in order.

If there’s any Padre I’ve been most disappointed with, it has to be Chris Paddack. I was expecting big things out of Paddack, but he’s been rather pedestrian and inconsistent. Paddack heads into Thursday with an ERA of 4.75 and 1.25 WHIP through nine games and 47.1 innings of work.

Paddack posted an ERA of 5.74 and 1.47 WHIP in his previous three tilts. He’s coming off a rough showing versus the Athletics last week, as Paddack was tagged for 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 4.2 innings. The Giants were 7-6 winners over Paddack in their first meeting earlier this season. This looks like a 6-4 or 6-5 game on Thursday night at Petco. With that in mind, the OVER on the total doesn’t look like a bad option.

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Kyle E / Author

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