The San Diego Padres are well positioned for a win on Sunday at home versus the scuffling San Francisco Giants. Padres starter Eric Stults is coming off a fantastic home start against the Colorado Rockies. He threw a complete game, giving up just four hits, one run and one walk, while striking out five. He’s faced the Giants twice this year and threw well in his last clash with San Francisco, allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings. While both those starts against the Giants were away games, he has the major advantage of pitching at home in this contest. At home this year, Stults is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA, compared to 3-6 with a 4.31 ERA on the road. With a Giants in horrible form (they’re a combined 12-25 in June and July coming into this weekend), Stults is getting them at the right time.
San Francisco won’t be helped by their choice of pitcher: starter Barry Zito is dismal on the road. While he’s 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA at AT&T Park, the left-hander is 0-5 with a 9.38 ERA in away games. The critical mass of facts points to the Padres (1.63) as the likely victors.
Look for a high-scoring result when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim visit the Seattle Mariners. After a miserably slow start to 2013, the Angels' offence has finally been picking it up recently: coming into this weekend, the Angels are averaging more than six runs a game in their past 13 contests. Those hot bats match up well against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who after a fantastic start to the season is struggling mightily. He hasn’t registered a quality start (six innings-plus pitched; three or fewer runs allowed) in any of his past five starts. His ERA over that stretch: 6.83.
Still, the Mariners should have a chance to challenge offensively in this one as the Angels send Joe Blanton to the mound. He owns a 5.40 ERA and has given up 11 runs in his past 10 2/3 innings pitched. Expect a total score above 8.0, which can be had at 1.80.