San Diego vs Pittsburgh MLB Spread Guide

Posted by Eric Williams on April 19, 2016 in

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to keep their winning ways going when they visit a struggling San Diego Padres ballclub that is looking to record just their second win in their last seven games. Now, let’s find out why the Pirates look like a virtual lock in this pro baseball betting odds matchup.

How To Bet The Pirates @ Padres MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Wednesday, April 20 – 10:10 PM EST
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
Radio: Padres and Pirates
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo
Probable Starters: Pittsburgh: Jeff Locke (0-1) vs San Diego: Drew Pomeranz (1-1)

Why Bet the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates are a good pick in this contest because they’re superior to San Diego in almost every way. Pittsburgh won two straight to close out their last series against Milwaukee including a commanding 9-3 rout on Sunday. In this contest, the Prates will hand the ball to southpaw starter Jeff Locke looking to get a better effort than the one they got in his last start. Locke wasn’t horrific, but he gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in just 4.2 innings of work against the Brewers in Pittsburgh’s 8-4 loss to Milwaukee on Friday. Making matters worse is the fact that Locke is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA in two career starts against San Diego.

Why Bet the San Diego Padres

The Padres are a solid bet because they’re playing at home and have a hard-throwing lefty on the mound in this one. Huge left-hander Drew Pomeranz has been rock solid in allowing two earned runs in both of his two starts this season spanning 11.0 total innings. The former Colorado Rockies and Oakland A’s hurler gave up three runs (two earned) in 6.0 innings of a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Padres are coming off a dismal 7-3 loss against Arizona on Sunday and have lost four of their last five games overall while scoring two runs or less in four of those losses while scoring three runs or less in each of their last half-dozen losses.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The bottom line for this contest is that the Pirates have the better offense, the better defense and pitching staff. The Padres are just 1-5 at home this season and have lost three straight against Pittsburgh and four of the last five meetings overall.

My final score prediction: Pittsburgh 6 San Diego 3