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Sunday's best MLB bet by handicapper LightningLockz. He breaks down the NL West game between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres from Oracle Park. 

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Prediction: Can the Giants Avoid the Weekend Sweep?

Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Sunday’s Giants vs. Padres game.

Giants vs. Padres Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: May 22, 2022
  • Game Time: 4:05 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Prediction

This is a predicament the Giants aren't in often. Can the Padres sweep the Giants in San Francisco, or will San Fran even the season series three to three this year. Unfortunately, the Giants couldn't get the crucial base hits when the men were on base last night, leading to scoring only one run. After a nasty extra-inning loss, they must have been a little out of it because they left men on base the whole game, and if they want to win today and avoid a sweep, they will need to have some consistent hitting.

The Giants need two guys to deliver today like they have their whole careers against the Padres. Those two are Darrin Ruf and Mike Yastrzemski . They combined to go 1-7 yesterday after Ruf hit two homers on Friday and in his career has five homers and twelve rbi's. Yaz has owned the Padres in his short time as he has a stat line that would make his uncle proud, going .328 with seven homers (17 more extra-base hits) and 20 rbi's. We recommend taking Ruf and Yaz in your parlays or fantasy wagers, as these stats are hard to pass up today.

It won't be easy to score for either team as we have a duel with Gore for the Padres, who haven't given up more than three earned runs in a game this year, and Alex Wood, who has only one game where he gave up more than three runs, and he had two shutouts this year. Both pitchers will be tough to score on today, but we expect a little more offense today after these two teams' ridiculous number of men left on base yesterday. The advantage the Giants have is that Gore is off his first relief appearance and is back to starting and hasn't faced the Giants yet in his career. On the other hand, Wood has faced the Padres this year and pitched a gem giving up only two runs and having six strikeouts. Wood is also 4-2 in his career against the Padres with a fantastic 2.93 era lifetime.

In a fantastic stat, the Giants have won the last seven times Alex Wood has pitched the final game of a series. So with the chance to even the season series and avoid a home sweep after two very tough losses, we expect the bats to get to Gore early and the Giants to avoid the home sweep, which rarely happens to this team. So lay the -135 with the Giants this afternoon as they get us a W and avoid the home sweep.

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Pick

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