San Diego Padres (4-3) vs. Texas Rangers (3-3)
The Texas Rangers will be looking for their third straight victory when they take on the San Diego Padres on Friday. Texas won their second game in a row when they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, 2-1. San Diego has lost two of their last three games, including a 3-2 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday.
San Diego has won the last five games between these teams, including an 8-7 victory in extra innings back on August 20. San Diego has not defeated Texas since September 16, 2018. The Padres are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings between these teams. San Diego is the favorite at -179. The odds for Texas are set at +160.
Giants Down Padres in 10Donovan Solano drove home the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-2 victory over San Diego on Wednesday. Blake Snell tossed a solid game for San Diego, allowing two runs on two hits in five innings. The Padres bullpen allowed zero earned runs in five innings of work. Wil Myers hit his second home run of the season for San Diego.
San Diego is averaging 3.86 runs per game, 18th overall while allowing 2.71 per contest, third best. They are 12th in batting at .248. The bullpen has the best ERA in baseball at 0.00 and opponents are hitting .199 against San Diego pitchers, eighth overall.
Joe Musgrove will go for San Diego. He shut out Arizona for six innings in his last start, striking out eight. Musgrove is coming off a 1-5 season with a 3.86 ERA.
Eric Hosmer is off to a fast start for San Diego, hitting two homers and driving in seven while batting .391. Myers is hitting .318 and has a .464 on-base percentage. Victor Caratini also has driven in seven runs.
The Padres could build a team with the number of players that are out, 14 in all. That includes starter Mike Clevinger who is done for the season. Nine relief pictures her out for this contest, two of them for the season. Star shortstop Fernando Tatis is out for at least 10 days with a shoulder injury.
Gibson Shuts Down Blue JaysKyle Gibson tossed six shutout innings as the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, 2-1. Gibson struck out eight. Ian Kennedy came on for his second save of the season, striking out the side. Nick Solak hit his first home run of the season in the victory.
Now that's how you bounce back! pic.twitter.com/Kk9NH9x74H— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 7, 2021
Texas is averaging 5.33 runs per game, 10th overall, while allowing 6.50 per contest, 27th. They are fifth in batting average at .262. Opponents are hitting .349 against the Rangers.
The Rangers will start Kohei Arihara. Arihara allowed three runs in five innings in his first start of the season, an 11-4 loss to Kansas City. The Texas bullpen is 27th in the Majors with a 6.92 ERA. They have allowed 20 earned runs in 26 innings, giving up six home runs.
First baseman Nate Lowe is off to a fast start for the Rangers. He has three homers and 14 RBI, hitting .320. Right fielder Joey Gallo is hitting .300 but has a .481 on-base percentage. Centerfielder Leody Tavares is off to a slow start, hitting .105 through the first six games.
Texas has a number of injuries. Both Khris Davis and Willie Calhoun are out until late April. Second baseman Brock Holt is listed as questionable for Friday’s game. The team is without four of their relief pictures, including Joely Rodriguez. Nine different players are expected to miss Friday’s game.
San Diego Padres:
- 31-15 in their last 46 games.
- 10-4 and their last 14 interleague games.
- 8-0 in their last eight interleague games on the road against a right-handed starter.
- 7-19 in their last 26 interleague games.
- 1-4 and their last five interleague games at home.
- 0-4 and their last four games against NL West teams.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
San Diego has won five straight games against Texas, and that is not by accident. It starts with sensational pitching, and this is what the Padres are getting. Outside of playing against Los Angeles, this team is built to beat every other team they face, and it will not be surprising to see them as the favorite in almost every game they play.
Musgrave looked outstanding in his opening start. Six shutout innings against Arizona is a solid performance. While Arihara was solid in his outing, the Texas bullpen has been terrible. There is literally no relief in sight should he leave after five or six innings, making San Diego a clear favorite.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 9.0. These teams have gone over in six straight meetings, but I think that total is a bit high here. San Diego has gone under in six straight games and they are allowing less than three runs per game. Plus, the Padres are not exactly lighting it up offensively, especially since they lost Tatis.
Texas does not have a very good pitching staff, but they will benefit from a solid but not spectacular San Diego offense. Take the Padres to win, 5-2.