The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet on Thursday in an MLB action at Petco Park.
The San Francisco Giants face another frustrating defeat and will be starting last year under legendary coach Bruce Bochy. The Giants lack youthfulness and depth to be taken seriously as contenders this season, but health could certainly help to improve those opportunities. The Giants have been battling injuries and violations for the past two years, and Evan Longoria and Jeff Samardzija have just managed to win a full season from Bumgarner to improve the overall record of recent years. I'm not ready to give up the Giants, but the error rate is very low at this club. The San Francisco Giants have won four of their last five opening days. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball and was 6-7 last season with a 3.26 ERA and 1
The San Diego Padres have had an inferior season in each of the last eight years and have not had a postseason since 2006. The Padres open the wallet and land with a star like Manny Machado in the hope of changing culture and finally a winner from this franchise close. The Padres also have a loaded farm system that will slowly but surely produce reliable players of everyday life. The Padres are probably not yet competitors in competitive NL West, but this team has improved significantly and is on the rise in the long term. The Padres can not be faded as automatically as in the past. The San Diego Padres have lost all their last four opening days. Eric Lauer gets the ball and was 6-7 last season with an ERA of 4:34 and 100 strikeouts. Lauer is 0-0 with 3.94 ERA and 14 breakouts in his career against the Giants.
The Giants are 0-4 in their last 4 against National League West, 1-4 in Bumgarner's last 5 starts and 4 in Bumgarner's last 5 starts. The Padres are 11-24 in their last 35 against National League West, 13-29 in their last 42 home games and 4-1 in Lauers last 5 starts. The Giants are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego and 2-5 in Bumgarner's last 7 starts against Padres. The lowermost is 3-1-2 in Lauer's last 6 starts in total. The last 31 starts are in Bumgarners 20-8-3.
Bumgarner has not been a bumgarner in recent years and you have to wonder if he'll ever return to the pitcher he once was. Now that he's healthy and had a spring in which he said he felt good, we'll soon find out if the giants get their ace back as an ace. And even with the improved Padres and the unknowns that we get from Bumgarner, I can not bring him and the giants to money. I'm just not used to getting Bumgarner an outsider, and although he has not been himself lately, it's still worth knowing that the top pitcher is there somewhere.
San Francisco Giants +105