Texas Rangers (63-84) at San Diego Padres (59-89)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres -132 / Texas Rangers +122 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 142 hits and 61 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 240 hits and 147 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 7.03 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s first career game against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Padres have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least one run. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 141 hits and 62 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Manuel Margot have combined for 233 hits and 104 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 5-7 with a 4.80 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. This will be Lauer’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Padres are 7-19 in their last 26 home games, 3-12 in their last 15 during game 2 of a series and 1-8 in their last 9 Saturday games. The Rangers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in San Diego, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Rangers have lost six of the nine games Jurado has pitched this season, and he's allowing a .313 batting average on the season. Lauer has allowed just two hits and one run in his last nine innings and his strikeout numbers have improved as of late. The Texas Rangers have also won back-to-back games just three times since August 8. I'll take the Padres and the cheap price.