I don't think you could find a single person who predicted that the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres would be sitting in third and fourth place in the NL West at this point of the MLB season, but yet here we are.
The Giants enter the game in second place, just 2.5 games back from the Diamondbacks after going 9-1 in their last 10 games.
At 35-38, the Padres need to start winning as soon as possible if they want to get back into contention in the division.
The Giants won the first two games of the series and can lock up the series victory with another win tonight. Let's dive into the odds.
Padres vs. Giants odds, run line, and total
Padres vs. Giants prediction and pick
Yu Darvish will be getting the start for the Padres tonight, which should be music to the ears of Giants fans and bettors. San Francisco has had Darvish's number over his past few starts against them.
He has already faced the Giants once this season, giving up nine hits and four earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched. Last year, he gave up 10 earned runs in 8.2 innings pitched across two starts against the Giants. If they can have anywhere near that level of success against him tonight, the Giants will be in a good spot to get the win.
The Giants offense has also been red hot lately, ranking ninth in Major League Baseball in OPS over the last 14 games.
They'll roll with Ryan Walker as an opener tonight, and he's been strong in his appearances this season, sporting a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched. Don't be concerned that this will be a bullpen game for the Giants, they have the best bullpen ERA over the past 30 days at 1.72.
Let's back San Francisco as a small underdog tonight.