Los Angeles Angels (60-60) at San Diego Padres (48-73)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 15, 2018, 9:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres -125 / Los Angeles Angels +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
FS-San Diego, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres will square off in the finale of their three game set from Petco Park in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the set including a 7-3 win in game two on Tuesday. Justin Upton led the way, going 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Eric Young Jr. added a triple and two RBIs. Taylor Ward and David Fletcher each had two hits including a double, with Ward adding an RBI and Kole Calhoun added an RBI as well to round out the Angels’ scoring in the win. Francisco Arcia and Kaleb Cowart each added a base knock as well to cap off L.A.’s offensive output in the winning effort. Jaime Barria got the win to improve to 7-7 this season after allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven over five innings of work. Felix Pena will start game three and is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. This will be Pena’s first career start against San Diego.
The San Diego Padres will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after their loss on Tuesday. Freddy Galvis belted a solo home run while Cory Spangenberg went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI and Manuel Margot added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the Padres in defeat. Hunter Renfroe and A.J. Ellis each went 2 for 4 with Ellis adding a double while Eric Hosmer and Travis Jankowski each contributed a base hit in the losing effort. Brett Kennedy ended up with the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Robbie Erlin will start game three and is 2-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. This will be Erlin’s first career start against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 in Pena’s last 5 starts while the under is 18-6-3 in their last 27 interleague games. San Diego is 3-8 in Erlin’s last 11 starts and 15-37 in their last 52 games overall while the under is 4-0 in Erlin’s last 4 interleague starts.
I know Pena still looks a bit shaky, but I’m not sure why the Padres are favoured against anybody right now. Sure, the Padres have won both of Erlin’s starts since rejoining the starting rotation, but the fact is that going against the Padres this season has made you more money than you’ve lost probably, and this time is no different. I’ll gladly take the plus money with the Angels in this spot.