The fact that the San Diego Padres are above 0.500 and are in second place in their series with the San Francisco Giants in NL West is no surprise to most. But the fact that the Padres outperformed the Giants in first place in the division is sure to come as a surprise.

The Giants turn to their ace Kevin Gausman on Saturday. He’s had a career rebirth in San Francisco, going 5-3 with a 2.99 ERA paired with 10.8 spikes and 6.8 hits per nine innings since joining the Giants in 2020.

After Joe Musgrove of the Padres had set a 1-5 record for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, but also managed to move to the West Coast. He threw a no-hitter in April and despite a 2-3 record, he was solid with 2.38 ERA and 12.4 strikeouts at 1.9 walks per nine innings.

The Padres have done well this season rely on their pitching. Her offensive ranked 26th in runs per game at 3.8 in the series in MLB, and her bullpen was used for a league high of 141.1 innings. Despite the high workload, the Bullpen went into Friday with 2.74 ERA – which the National League led.

The Giants had the best record in the MLB at home (10: 3) when they competed on Friday, and their offensive resulted in at least four runs in nine of their last 13 games. Add 2.36 ERA at home to a team that finished second in MLB and the Giants will defend their home field on Saturday.

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