Texas and San Diego battle it out on Friday night at Petco Park. Neither of these teams were playoff contenders this season, but the Padres have been having fun putting the final nails in the coffin for Seattle this week. The Rangers have dropped six of their last seven contests.
Rangers pitching still can’t find consistency in a rough road trip
After getting decimated in Oakland, Texas pitching finally found some good moments in their first two games against the LA Angels. They allowed a crooked number again on Wednesday, and their pitching remains rather awful in general in recent weeks. The bullpen has recorded a 5.91 ERA over their last 10 games, which is worse than the 5.00 team ERA they’ve compiled on the season (28th overall).
Probable starter: Left-hander Yohander Mendez (1-1, 5.27 ERA)
Mendez will make his fourth consecutive start on the season. It’s been a mixed bag for the third-year pitcher, but he’s trending in the right direction. Over the last two starts against Minnesota and Oakland, he gave up two total runs over a 10-inning span, and just 1 HR.
Padres offense has bailed the team out in recent wins against Reds, Mariners
San Diego has had three consecutive one-run victories lately, which doesn’t make Seattle fans too happy. While their playoff hopes were already next to over with how strong Houston and Oakland are playing down the stretch, this further eliminates that hope. The Padres have been successful, by their standards, scoring runs — averaging 4.7 runs per nine innings over the last five games. They’ve still compiled a horrible 6.59 team ERA in that stretch.
Probable starter: Left-hander Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.80 ERA)
Lauer has had three consecutive no-decisions on the mound, the latest coming against Cincinnati back on September 6th. That was a strong outing, but limited with a high pitch count. He gave up just two hits and recorded a pitching ratio of 8 Ks to 3 BBs, leaving after 4 IP.
- 6-0 in their last 6 games after an off-day
- 4-0 in their last 4 against AL West opponents
- 2-9 in their last 11 games against left-handed starters
- 0-4 in their last 4 against NL West opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Padres are probably going to have to rely on their offense again for some victories in this series, and the good news is the Rangers haven’t been too good in that department. With Lauer’s solid 1.93 ERA over his last three games, go ahead and select the home team.
Prediction: San Diego -118
Full-Game Total Pick
Both of these teams are giving up a number of runs at a rapid rate — both pitching staffs have an identical 5.19 team ERA over their last 10 games. Texas may have stumbled on offense in their LA trip, but it should easily bounce back here.
Prediction: Over 8.5