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The Texas Rangers are squaring off against the San Diego Padres at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast this interleague showdown and the action gets going at 8:05 p.m. ET.

San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers Odds

Texas (-130) is favored over San Diego (+120) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at -110 for both the over and the under. The games current runline odds stand at -175 for picking the Padres +1.5 runs and +155 for the Rangers -1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 35-46 straight up (SU) and 38-42 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.4 units (ATS). Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Padres are 36-46 SU and have gone 40-41 ATS. In total, the teams lost 2.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 13.2 units ATS. San Diego has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 36-38-6 thus far in 2018. San Diego has an over/under record of 37-42-2.

Left-hander Clayton Richard is the probable starter for the visiting Padres. Richard is 7-6 with a 4.23 ERA and 81 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 1.29 ERA and four strikeouts over seven innings).

The Rangers are sending lefty Mike Minor (5-4, 5.06 ERA) to the mound. Minor has 65 punchouts and 19 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.26. Minor did not record a start against the Padres in 2017.

Texas pitchers have given up 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 5.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

The Texas offense is putting up 4.4 runs per outing, including 5.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The teams hit .253/.328/.382 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have led the charge for the Rangers batters this year. Choo is hitting .284/.393/.479 with 14 home runs, 37 RBIs and 48 runs scored, and Mazara is batting .278 with 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, San Diego’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.56 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.98 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.52, along with a WHIP of 1.42 and a K/9 of 9.48.

Padres hitters have slashed .234/.300/.369 on their way to 3.7 runs scored per game this season, including 2.5 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

San Diego’s offense has been fueled by first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Jose Pirela. Hosmer is slashing .271/.345/.438 with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and 36 runs scored. Pirela is hitting .260/.308/.349 with two homers, 25 RBIs and 42 runs scored.

The Padres have lost 5.5 units and are 9-16 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in 14 of those games, as opposed to 11 that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 1.1 units and are 12-13 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 14 of those games, compared to eight which went under the total.

San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of San Diego’s last seven contests.
  • The Padres have hit five home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • Texas has recorded 23.5 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.4 over its last five.