San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The San Diego Padres are ready to take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Southwest is in line to broadcast this interleague showdown.

San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers are listing San Diego (-110) as the favorite over Texas (+100). The total is sitting at 9.5 runs and bettors can take the over for -120 and the under for even money (+100). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at +135 for the Padres -1.5 runs and -155 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Padres are just 35-46 SU and are 40-40 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.9 units for moneyline bettors and 11.4 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 35-45 SU and 37-42 ATS. They’ve lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors and 10.9 units ATS.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 35-38-6 so far in 2018. The Padres have been a decent under bet with a total record of 36-42-2.

Tyson Ross will get the nod for the visiting Padres. The right-handed Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) has racked up 85 strikeouts in 89 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are putting the ball in the hands of righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.58 ERA), who’s got 11 strikeouts and two walks, as well as a 1.36 WHIP. Bibens-Dirkx did not record a start against the Padres in 2017.

San Diego’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.98 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.55, along with a K-per-9 of 9.40.

Padres hitters have slashed .234/.299/.370 on their way to 3.8 runs scored per game this year, including 3.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the teams last five contests (1-4 SU).

San Diego’s offensive production has been led by first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Jose Pirela. Hosmer is slashing .271/.347/.441 with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and 35 runs scored, while Pirela (.263/.312/.353) is up to two homers, 25 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Texas pitching staff has yielded 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 5.39, a WHIP of 1.46 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 3.64 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

Texas hitters have put up 4.4 runs per outing, including 6.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .247/.339/.361 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have led the charge for the Rangers offense this year. Choo is slashing .285/.395/.483 with 14 home runs, 37 RBIs and 48 runs scored, while Mazara’s line sits at .272/.335/.469 with 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

The Padres have gained 2.6 units and are 31-25 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 23 of those games, compared to 31 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 0.9 units and are 26-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 22 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve cashed the under.

San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Texas last seven games.
  • The Padres have lost eight of their last nine games SU while the Rangers have won eight of their last nine.
  • Texas has posted 23.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Padres have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.