Padres at Rangers - 7/10/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (39-48) at Texas Rangers (41-44)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Ian Kennedy vs. Wandy Rodriguez
The Line: Texas Rangers -111 / San Diego Padres +101 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, FSN-SW
The San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series Friday night.
The San Diego Padres need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Padres have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six straight games. The Padres have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 81 hits and 45 RBI while Justin Upton and Derek Norris have combined for 91 RBI. The San Diego Padres have lost seven of their last 10 road games. Ian Kennedy gets the nod, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.84 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. This will be Kennedy’s second career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers also need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rangers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Rangers have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 112 hits and 51 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have combined for 66 RBI. The Texas Rangers have lost eight straight home games. Wandy Rodriguez takes the hill, and he’s 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 3-3 with a 5.53 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day and 9-4 in Kennedys last 13 starts with 4 days of rest. The Rangers are 11-27 in their last 38 games following an off day and 7-2 in Rodriguezs last 9 starts. The Padres are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Texas and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Both teams are desperate for a victory after a tough losing stretch. I have to give the slight edge to the home team in this one. Also, Rodriguez has won seven of his last nine starts, which doesn't hurt.