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#3913 San Diego Padres vs.
#3914 San Francisco Giants
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4:05pm EDT
Written by Mason Folz

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This Sunday, the (26-14) San Diego Padres and the (22-17) San Francisco Giants will play their final game of this three-game series. The first pitch will be thrown out at 4:05 PM EST inside Oracle Park. This is the second series between these two this season after San Francisco took two of three on the road in early April. San Diego won game one of this set in extra innings. The final score was 8-7.

The San Diego Padres are coming into this one after winning their previous series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres looked great on the defensive side of the field, as they held the Phillies to zero runs in both of their wins.

The San Francisco Giants are entering this one after also winning their previous series. They took two of three games from the Colorado Rockies on the road. The Giants looked great at the plate in both of their wins, as they scored more than seven runs in both.

This game was published/written before last night’s results.

The Padres have Jumped out to a Hot Start

The San Diego Padres have started this 2022 regular season very strong and they are looking to keep this momentum rolling. They are currently in second place in the NL West and have their eyes on first. On the offensive side of the field, they are scoring 4.38 runs per game and hitting .228 as a team. This is the 11th most runs scored per game, but only the 22nd highest overall team batting average. They are finding different ways to score each game that they play and they are showing that they are built for the long haul. San Diego has also realized that they don't have as much home run power as they thought. They are hitting .80 home runs per game, which is 22nd in MLB. The Padres are being forced to string hits together to score. They can't always rely on the long ball and still expect to win. The Padres have also been fairly conservative on the base paths this season. They have only stolen 20 bases, which is the 18th most in the league. They have realized that they need to move their runners into scoring position as quickly as they can, as they aren't consistently reaching base safely. I would recommend watching for Manny Machado at the plate in this one. He currently leads his team with the highest batting average and the most home runs. He is hitting .358 and has already poked out eight home runs.

On the defensive side of the field, the Padres have shown why they have jumped out to such a hot start. They are one of the better defensive teams in the league, as they try to minimize their mistakes and they play behind their pitchers. San Diego's starting pitching rotation has been one of the best in the MLB to start this season, as they have already recorded 20 quality starts. This is the most in the league, as they are expecting their starters to go deep in every game they play. The Padres are also not having to turn to their bullpen early in these games, which has allowed them to stay rested and ready for when their team needs them the most. San Diego is also allowing 3.88 runs per game and has a 1.15 combined team WHIP rating. This is the 11th least amount of runs given up per game and the seventh-lowest overall WHIP rating. They are keeping their opponents off the base paths and it has allowed their pitchers to feel more relaxed when they are on the mound. The Padres have also been one of the best fielding teams in the league, as they have only committed 14 fielding errors this season. This is tied for least amount of mistakes made in the field.

According to MLB.com, MacKenzie Gore will be getting the start on the mound. He has started this season (2-1) with a 2.17 ERA. He has also pitched in 29.0 innings and recorded 32 strikeouts compared to his nine walks. He also only has a 1.21 WHIP rating, as he will need to do everything he can to keep the Giants from reaching base safely.

The Giants are on a Roll

The San Francisco Giants have jumped out to a hot start to begin this new 2022 regular season, but they still have a long way to go. They are currently in third place in the NL West, as the Dodgers and the Padres are the only two teams above them. On the offensive side of the field, they are currently scoring 5.05 runs per game and hitting .246 as a team. This is the second-most runs scored per game and the eighth-highest overall team batting average. They are consistently reaching base as a team and forcing their opponents to make difficult plays in the field. The Giants have also realized that they have a ton of power littered throughout their lineup. San Francisco is currently hitting 1.10 home runs per game, which is the eighth-highest average in the league. They can score runs in multiple different ways, as they are slowly turning into an offensive juggernaut. They can load the bases and drive in runs or they can change the game with one swing of the bat. The Giants have also been one an aggressive base running teams this season, as they have already taken 21 bases. This is the 14th most in the MLB, as the Giants have realized that they have a better chance of scoring when their runners are in scoring position. I would recommend watching for Joc Pederson at the plate for the Giants. He is currently leading his team in home runs, as he has already smoked seven out of the park.

On the defensive side of the field, the Giants have a little bit of work to do. They would be a much better team if they could tighten up when they are in the field. They are currently allowing 4.21 runs per game and have a combined team WHIP rating of 1.30. This is the 15th least runs allowed per game and the 23rd lowest overall team WHIP rating. The Giants are simply allowing too many base runners and they can't find ways to get out of these jams. San Francisco has also only recorded 10 quality starts this season, which is the 19th least in the league. They are having to turn to their bullpen early in these games, as their starters have struggled to begin this season. They have also been fairly clean in the field, as they have only committed 18 fielding errors this season. This is the ninth least amount of mistakes made in the field, as the Giants always seem to keep the ball in front of themselves and know where to go to get the nearest out.

According to MLB.com, Alex Wood will be getting the start on the mound in this one. He has started this season (3-2) with a 3.93 ERA. In his last two starts against the Rockies, he was able to hold them to less than three runs in both. Wood also has a 1.40 WHIP rating, as he has allowed too many base runners each inning. He will need to try and bring this number down in this one if he wants to give the Giants their best chance of winning.

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I will be riding with the Giants in this matchup. They are currently one of the strongest offensive teams in the league and I see Alex Wood being very aggressive on the mound in this game. Earlier in the season, he had two shaky starts against the Nationals and the Dodgers, but I believe that he has moved past this and he will carry the Giants through the first half of this game. The Padres also have the 22nd highest overall team batting average, they won't be able to reach base consistently enough to score enough runs to keep this score within the run line spread. The Padres will also have MacKenzie Gore on the mound and I don't think he has what it takes to slow down the San Francisco Giants at the plate. They are currently scoring the second-most runs per game and have the eighth-highest overall team batting average. They have a very deep batting order and I see them scoring a ton of runs on the Padres in this game.

Pick the San Francisco Giants and lay the run line spread (-1.5).

Prediction: San Franciso Giants -1.5

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I will be riding with both offenses in this matchup. The Giants are currently scoring the second-most runs per game and I don't believe MacKenzie Gore has what it takes to slow this offense down. He has a 2.17 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP rating, but I see both of these averages going up after this game. The Giants are averaging 5.05 runs per game and hitting .246 as a team. This is the second most runs scored per game and the eighth-highest overall team batting average. They will score the majority of the runs in this game and the score will go over (8). The Padres will also have to score a few runs in order to push this total over the number, as the Giants won't be able to score eight runs by themselves. I don't see the Padres being shut out by Alex Wood, though. They will eventually cash in on the offensive side of the field and push this total over the number. They are scoring 4.38 runs per game and I expect them to do their part in pushing this total over (8) runs.

Take the over (8) runs and expect the Giants to have a ton of success on the offensive side of the field.

Prediction: Over 8
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Written By Mason Folz , "Mason Folz"

Mason graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder and he has been watching SportsCenter since before he could walk. He has been crunching numbers since he could learn to count and nothing makes Mason happier in this world than talking sports, unless he is on the golf course! We are very happy to have added Mason to our team at StatSalt and you will be glad as well. Let's win some money!