San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers - 8/20/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers (10-13) at San Diego Padres (14-12)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Petco Park)

Kyle Gibson (1-2) (3.74) vs. Dinelson Lamet (2-1) (1.59)

The Line: San Diego Padres -171 / Texas Rangers +157 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Texas Rangers need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Rangers have split their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Todd Frazier leads the Rangers with 21 hits and five RBI while Nick Solak and Isiah Kiner-Falefa have combined for 39 hits and 11 RBI. Kyle Gibson gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Gibson’s second career game against the Padres.

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The San Diego Padres look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Padres have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 33 hits and 29 RBI while Trent Grisham and Manny Machado have combined for 45 hits and 25 RBI. Dinelson Lamet gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Lamet’s first career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 8-17 in their last 25 games as an underdog, 6-13 in their last 19 interleague games and 4-10 in their last 14 road games. The Padres are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games as a favorite, 8-2 in their last 10 games as a home favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 8-3 in Rangers last 11 road games. The over is 17-6-3 in Padres last 26 interleague games. The Rangers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in San Diego.

Gibson has allowed nine runs and 20 hits in his last 16.2 innings, while Lamet has allowed three earned runs and six hits in his last 18.1 innings. Lamet has comfortably been the better pitcher this season, and the Padres are back to feeling good about themselves with an offense that's becoming quite scary with Tatis leading the way. The Texas Rangers don't look good at the moment. I'll take the Padres and the RL here to shave down a pricey ML price. 

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Randy’s Pick San Diego Padres -1.5

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