It is the last game of a three-game baseball wagering series between the two teams. It is also the last game of a six-game road trip for the Padres.
MLB wagering trends actually point to the San Diego Padres a little bit in this game. Before this series began they had won 12 of the last 20 games against the Giants. It is tough playing the last game of a road trip though but this has not been a long trip for the Padres so it is not quite as bad. Earlier this season the Padres swept the Giants in San Diego in a three game series. All three of those games went under the total. The Padres and Giants both have excellent starting pitching so this could be another low scoring game on Thursday. The Padres and Giants are both in the Top 5 in the league in ERA this season.
The Padres have been holding their own in MLB wagering this season even without starting pitcher Chris Young. He is considered one of the top starters for the Padres but they will have to do without him a while longer. Young has been on the DL since April 7th and is likely to be out for a lot longer. The Padres are hoping that with rest and rehab that Young’s shoulder will heal. "I want answers," Young said. "I had this cleaned up last August. Why am I having trouble now? It's extremely frustrating."
The Giants have been staying right with the Padres in baseball wagering at the top of the National League West. The Giants have injury issues of their own as Edgar Renteria was placed on the DL with a strained right groin. The Giants recalled infielder Ryan Rohlinger from Fresno. They also brought up right-hander Denny Bautista from Triple-A. Renteria is hitting.316 this season but he has missed a number of games. Going on the DL is not something Renteria wanted to do. "Nobody wants to go there," said Renteria. Rohlinger was hitting .333 at Fresno and he will fill in at shortstop and at third base. Bautista had a 1-1 record with a 2.19 ERA and six saves in 11 appearances for Fresno this season.