It would be, at this stage of the season, to claim that any team has the division title all wrapped up. We have seen teams with huge leads blow it is the second half several times over the years, so you can bet that no division leader will be heading into the All-Star Break believing that the job is done in regards the division crown. The one exception to the rule here might well be the LA Dodgers, as they look like a team that is going to be incredibly tough to run down after opening up a 12-game lead at the top.
It certainly helps that none of the other 4 teams in the division are really putting any type of real pressure on the leaders. Two of those teams will open up the new week with a series, with the San Francisco Giants hitting the road to take on the San Diego Padres. The Padres are sitting in third in the division and looking to make a move against the struggling Giants. The Padres are favored by 1 ½ for the Monday tilt, with the run total set at 8.
Giants vs Padres MLB Week 14 Odds & Game Preview
- When: Monday, July 1 at 10:10 PM EST
- Where: Petco Park, San Diego
- Starting Pitchers: Samardzija vs. Allen
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: 97.3 The Fan
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Week 14 Odds: San Diego Padres -180 (Total 8)
Why bet on the San Francisco Giants?
As we head into the second half of the season, the Giants now find themselves sitting with the second worse record in the National League at 36-47. While not great, things have been a little steadier in recent games, putting together a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. The Giants will head on the road sporting a record that sees them sitting 4 games below .500 at 18-22 in games played away from home.
While not particularly competitive this season, the Giants have played reasonably well against the Padres in their regular season series, sitting at 4-5 SU in those 9 games. The Giants have covered the spread in each of their last 3 games and are 18-15 ATS as a road dog. They will have Jeff Samardzija (4-7, 4.52 ERA) on the mound.
- Runs: 3.93
- Hits: 7.54
- Walks: 3.01
- Strike Outs: 8.57
- Runs: 5.00
- Hits: 8.67
- Walks: 3.28
- Strike Outs: 8.53
Why bet on the San Diego Padres?
The San Diego Padres are the perfect example of just how tight the playoff race is in the National League right now. We are all looking at the pace that the Dodgers are setting and perhaps failing to recognize the extreme level of parity going on in the rest of the NL.
Despite being just 1 game over .500 at 42-41 and 13 ½ games back of the Dodgers, the Padres still find themselves a mere game and a half back of the final Wild Card spot in the NL. San Diego is coming off a loss on Sunday, but they are still a respectable 6-4 in their last 10 games. They are sitting at 23-21 SU in their own ballpark this season, but they are just 10-21 ATS as a home favorite. It will be Logan Allen (2-0, 1.38 ERA) who gets the start here.
- Runs: 4.57
- Hits: 8.19
- Walks: 2.95
- Strike Outs: 9.72
- Runs: 4.77
- Hits: 8.65
- Walks: 2.59
- Strike Outs: 8.76
Giants vs Padres MLB Week 14 Betting Trends
- Giants are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played on a Monday
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 6 games on the road
- Padres are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Diego’s last 10 games against San Francisco
- Giants are 219-170 against the money line when playing on Monday since 1997
- Padres are 53-70 against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons
- Samardzija is 7-3 when starting against SAN DIEGO with an ERA of 3.54 and a WHIP of 1.121
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Giants vs Padres
This series has been tight all season, with the Padres holding a slender 5-4 lead. I think that might carry over into this series, and while I like the Padres to win, I believe it will be a close one.
Score: San Francisco Giants 4 – San Diego Padres 3