MLB Baseball Betting: San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Baseball Betting:  San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres both had the day off on Monday and they’re hoping they’ll be able to get back on the winning track after losses on Sunday. The Pirates’ situation is much more dire than the Padres simply because they entered the season with designs on being a playoff team. San Diego didn’t have such high expectations and will likely be relatively happy if they can stay out of last place in the NL West (currently they lead last place Arizona by 3 games). The Pirates are just one game over .500 and running out of time to catch the all of a sudden red hot Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cubs have won 7 straight and 9 of 10 and hold an 11.5 lead over the second place St. Louis Cardinals along with a 13.5 game advantage over the Pirates. Pittsburgh has lost 6 of 10 while the Padres have split their last ten games.

San Diego will start right hander Luis Perdomo who is having a season somewhere between ‘bad’ and ‘mediocre’. That being said, even though his numbers aren’t particularly impressive his team has won when he takes the mound. The Padres have won 7 of Perdomo’s 11 starts including 5 of 7 on the road and 2 of his last 3. He’s got a 5.46 ERA overall with a 1.1618 WHIP , a 5.02 ERA with a 1.513 WHIP on the road and a 4.19 ERA with a 1.396 WHIP in his last 3 games.

Pittsburgh will send right hander Chad Kuhl to the mound and he’s kind of a similar deal as Perdomo–mediocre numbers but the team wins when he takes the mound. In fact, the Pirates are undefeated in Kuhl’s four starts this season. Kuhl has a 4.19 ERA overall with a 1.242 WHIP, a 8.59 ERA at home and a 2.183 WHIP with a 3.77 ERA and 1.117 WHIP in his last 3 games. Pittsburgh is 4-0 when he starts including 2-0 at home.

Until the Pirates get their offense on track they’re purely a ‘go against’ at this point. The Pirates are averaging just 3.4 runs per game in their last 7 contests with a pitiful .190 batting average. Perdomo could look like Greg Maddux against the weak hitting Bucs.