Los Angeles Angels vs. San Diego Padres - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels vs. San Diego Padres - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Angels

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:40 pm (Angel Stadium)

Joey Lucchesi vs. Patrick Sandoval

The Line: Los Angeles Angels -127 / San Diego Padres +112 -- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday night in MLB exhibition action at Angel Stadium. 

The San Diego Padres look to get back on board after getting shutout on Monday by these very Angels. The Padres just couldn’t come up with the big hit to steal the game and ended up leaving 18 guys on base in the loss. In their last effort, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ty France combined for two hits while Garrett Richards allowed one run and five hits in 4.2 innings. While it’s just one loss and it’s still meaningless exhibition games, we saw this a lot from the San Diego Padres last season where they couldn’t come up with clutch hits and lost a lot of disappointing ballgames. Time will tell if it’s just more of the same for the Padres. Joey Lucchesi takes the mound tonight for the San Diego Padres. 

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The Los Angeles Angels will play their third game in a row after playing the Los Angeles Dodgers late last night. The Angels offense has also had issues at times producing consistent offense, but we did see Tommy La Stella homer early in the game last night. In order for the Angels to be better than they’ve been in years past, guys outside of Mike Trout have to make their presence felt. The Angels batting order can feel a bit thin at times and that’s simply not going to cut it when playing in a competitive division such as the AL West. Patrick Sandoval takes the mound tonight for the Los Angeles Angels.

This is a tough spot for the Los Angeles Angels who played last night and have to travel. Sandoval also isn't a pitcher I want to back in the favorite role after seeing him post a 5.03 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 39.1 innings last season with a .240 allowed batting average. Lucchesi had his issues as well last season and has a career ERA over four, but he's also a young pitcher with ability and is averaging over a strikeout per inning. 

I'll take my chances with the San Diego Padres and the slight plus money.

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