- The Padres and Giants face off at Oracle Park on Wednesday, August 31st
- San Diego is hanging on to the third NL Wild Card spot, while San Francisco has underperformed this season,
- Read below for the Padres vs Giants odds and betting preview
The San Diego Padres (71-59 through Monday) face the San Francisco Giants (61-66 through Monday) on Wednesday at Oracle Park in the finale of a three-game set between division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45 pm ET.
Bob Melvin’s club will send Joe Musgrove to the mound, while Gabe Kapler’s group counters with Alex Wood. The Friars are favorites in this one.
Padres vs Giants Odds
|San Diego Padres||-1.5 (+130)||-140||Ov 7.5 (-120)|
|San Francisco Giants||+1.5 (-155)||+118||Un 7.5 (+100)|
Odds as of August 30th at Caesars Sportsbook. Get Caesars Sportsbook promo code.
San Diego vs San Francisco Probable Pitchers
The first two-and-a-half months of the season could not have been much better for Musgrove. The Padres won 11 of his first 12 starts — which were all of the quality variety — and the 29-year-old went 8-0 with a 1.59 ERA. But since June 23rd, the San Diego native has come back to earth, going 0-6 with a 4.66 — with his team going 4-7 over that stretch.
Joe Musgrove's night is over after allowing five runs in his last 1.2 innings. 6-5 Padres pic.twitter.com/D9UxrKVRIY
— Talking Friars (@TalkingFriars) August 27, 2022
Musgrove only managed 3.2 innings against the Royals last Friday in his most recent appearance, allowing eight hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out a pair in an eventual 13-5 win.
Meantime, it’s been a disappointing season for Wood, who went 10-4 with a 3.83 ERA for the Giants when the club finished the year with a franchise-record 107 victories. San Fran is only 12-13 in the lefty’s starts in 2022, with the former All-Star only tossing six quality outings in the lot. It’s been especially ugly over his last two turns.
Gabe Kapler believes a lack of command has led to back-to-back rough outings for Alex Wood pic.twitter.com/88Ik3He1ds
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 27, 2022
Wood has gone a combined 7.2 innings with a 17.61 ERA against the Rockies and Twins in those two starts, both of which were defeats.
Musgrove vs Wood Stats
Things haven’t gone quite as well as Padre fans may have hoped for since San Diego’s flurry of activity at the trade deadline. Josh Hader isn’t the closer (1-1 record and 23.14 ERA in seven appearances since leaving Milwaukee), Juan Soto isn’t the next coming of Ted Williams (three homers, six RBI and .280 batting average in 21 games since being acquired from Washington) and Fernando Tatis Jr isn’t returning anytime soon (serving an 80-game PED suspension while still rehabbing from injury). But despite all the drama, the Friars are still poised to play in the postseason for the second time in three years.
#Padres should make a t-shirt that reads: “Where would we be without Nick Martinez?” 🙃
Martinez guts out save, Brandon Drury drives in three runs, Clevinger with 5 IP of 2-run ball despite multiple delays, Morejon w/ 2 scoreless innings & Padres beat Giants 6-5. Go to sleep.
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) August 30, 2022
Melvin has managed to keep this team focused on October, with Brandon Drury playing a big part. The infielder has slugged four dingers since coming over from Cincinnati and been one of the most consistent offensive threats in a retooled lineup.
Meantime, 2022 has been a rude awakening for Kapler’s club a 107-win season last year. San Fran’s defense is abysmal, ranking near the bottom of MLB in most fielding metrics, the team’s veterans have either been hurt or grossly underperformed and the bullpen — a major strength last season — is one of the worst in the big leagues. And just when one of the team’s young players starts to get going, he goes down.
The Giants placed Joey Bart on the concussion IL. Yermin Mercedes is up from Triple-A and is the backup catcher tonight.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 31, 2022
For a squad that expected to compete for a postseason berth, this squad has left much to be desired.
The Padres have +2200 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Giants are at +30000 in the World Series odds.
SD vs SF Last 10 Meetings
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San Diego vs San Francisco Prediction
While Musgrove has been in a bad way for awhile, Wood has been worse. Plus, the Giants’ bullpen and defense are far too unreliable to count on them.
The Padres need to keep winning to hold off the Brewers for the last Wild Card spot and I think they get it done on the road.
Pick: Padres ML (-140)