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Saturday night there’s a National League West matchup between a couple teams that are playoff contenders. The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants are playing the final game of this three-game series.

This is a great spot to open a SI Sportsbook account and get $100 for just a $5 bet. Carlos Ródon (7-5ERA 2.87 WHIP 1.11) starts for the visitors, while Yu Darvish (7-4 ERA 3.53 WHIP 1.01) is on the mound for the Friars.

Why Should You Care?

Here’s some info that may pique your curiosity!

The current San Diego Padres players that have at bats against Rodón in their careers have faced him 60 times. San Francisco’s roster that has experience batting while Darvish is on the mound have had 82 at bats, that’s about 2 games worth of MLB action! 

Although they only have a third more plate appearances look at the disparity in the results. In those 60 at bats, the Padres players have hit 1 dinger and drove in 5 RBIs. While those 82 trips to the plate for the Giants against tonight’s starter have produced 8 home runs and 16 runs batted in.

To say the San Francisco Giants are struggling would be very politically correct!

Heading into the final game of the series they have lost 8 of 9 and 13 of 17. In those 8 losses they scored 4 runs or less in all of them. In the 18 innings so far at Petco Park they’ve had 7 hits and scored 4 runs. Tonight, they are favored at -107 on the Money Line and +160 giving that +1.5 on the run line. The total over 7 runs has odds of +100.

What About The Giants Pitcher?

Rodón has made it through one less inning in 4 straight starts. Against Pittsburgh in June, he lasted 8 innings. That game he threw 98 pitches allowing only 2 hits in a 2-0 win. He left his last start in Arizona after 5 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.

The last time the Giants pitcher started a game against the Pads was in May. In that one he allowed both the runs in a 2-1 loss, leaving after six innings and his 100th pitch of the day. He’s thrown 98 or more pitches in 8 of his last 9 starts.

Will The Padres Sweep The Series?

In their last 8 games (4 at home) San Diego is 3-5 and scored 2 runs or less in six of them. The 5 runs Friday night were their most in 9 games. In this matchup, they are barely dogs at -103 straight up and -185 getting the extra +1.5. If they combine for 6 runs or less the under 7 runs will pay at -120.

What Do You Think About Yu?

San Diego’s starter make his challenger’s pitch count seem modest. Darvish has thrown 101 or more pitches in 7 of his last 8 starts. During his last 3 starts at home the team has scored 4 runs or more in each. In his last 2, he’s allowed 8 earned runs on 15 hits in 12 innings.

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Last night, down to their final out, the Giants hit a meaningless 2-run homer in that 6-3 loss. Before that it was 17 2/3 innings in America’s Finest City and they had scored just twice. Although there’s some history of San Francisco having success against Darvish, it’s hard to see them flipping the switch on offense.

You can see as scenario where both of these pitchers get to that 100-pitch number and battle into the 7th inning. Take some of that initial SI Sportsbook deposit and bet the 1st 5 innings under. Cash the ticket, get the $100 in Fee Play bets and watch the rest of the game with zero pressure!

Written by Chas Filardi, our US sports betting industry expert. Check him out at The Sports Betting Channel.