MLB: Padres v Rangers Betting Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 19, 2020 in

In the final game of their series, the Texas Rangers and the San Diego Padres will meet at PetCo Park in sunny Southern California. At the time of this writing, the Rangers are in 3rd place in the American League West with a 10-12 record. San Diego, with a 13-12 record is currently 4th in the National League West, 5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Let’s find out how these teams arrive to this final match of the series so you can bet against their MLB odds.

MLB Betting: Padres v Rangers Preview – Thurs Game

Texas (+160) will send Kyle Gibson to the mound. Gibson, in his first year with the Rangers, is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA on the season. In his only other career start against the Padres in 2017, he threw 6 scoreless innings in a 11-0 victory. In his last start, Gibson went to Coors Field and threw a gem. He went 6 ⅓ innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs, earning the victory. 

San Diego (-186) will trot Dinelson Lamet out to the hill. The hard throwing right-hander is becoming San Diego’s ace. With a fastball that reaches 100 mph, Dinelson has put together a great start to the season. Lamet is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA, and 36 strikeouts in 5 starts this season. He has only allowed 1 earned run in each of his starts this year. 

The Rangers offense has struggled early. Joey Gallo leads the team with 6 home runs and 15 RBIs. Gallo is also very prone to striking out. Helping Gallo out is veteran outfield Shin Soo Choo. Choo has 3 homers and 10 RBIs on the season. In the past, the Rangers have been known to have a potent offense that could do damage in the heat and humidity of Texas. This team is struggling to hit the ball, and has gotten a boost from it’s pitching staff.

As for the San Diego Padres, they’re led by one of Major League Baseball’s rising superstars, Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis is hitting over .300 with 11 home runs, 28 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Tatis is a leading candidate for National League Most Valuable Player. The flashy, young shortstop also has some help from infield mate Manny Machado. Machado has overcome a slow start and is now up to 5 homers and 13 RBIs. The Padres recently lost Tommy Pham to injury, and Will Myers has picked up the slack. The former top prospect has now hit 6 homers, driving in 16 runs. San Diego’s offense has yet to live up to expectations, but they’re heading in the right direction. 

The Rangers have struggled on the road this year, going 3-6. Their job will be tough, as Lamet has become one of the top pitchers in the National League. San Diego will be looking for Lamet to go at least 6 innings, as their bullpen had a key loss last week. Closer Kirby Yates went down with an injury, and the Padres are now using Drew Pomeranz as their closer. Pomeranz has flourished in the role, and if the Padres have a late lead, they’ll look to Pomeranz to close the door.