While it is certainly nice to have baseball back, the shortened season does come with a few negatives. One of this is that we won’t get to see as many interleague games as we usually do. Not everyone was initially on board with the idea, but interleague games have proven to be a ton of fun, especially when you get rivalry games that you normally wouldn’t see. There is nothing normal about this season, though, from the shortened season to the problems with players contracting the virus, so any kind of break from the norm is always welcome. Let’s take a closer at this upcoming match for you to make your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Texas Rangers Vs San Diego Padres Betting Preview
We will get to see some interleague action this week, though, as the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres will play on Wednesday and Thursday, which will complete their 4 scheduled meetings this season. To this point, it has been the Padres that have dominated this matchup this season, but the Rangers will be looking to get something out of this series over the next couple of days. We are going to jump ahead and take a look at the Thursday game, the odds for which should go live on Thursday morning, so be sure to check back for that.
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
This is probably not a matchup that the Rangers are keen to revisit given how things went in their earlier 2 meetings with the Padres. Texas lost both of those games by a combined score of 20-8, with both previous games played in Texas. Coming into this series, the Rangers are on a 3-game losing skid that has seen them fall to 10-12 on the season, with their record on the road coming in at 3-6. Even with those recent losses, Texas still has a winning record over the last 10 games, going 6-4 during that stretch. Where they have not been a good bet is against the spread, where they are 8-14 this season Thy are 12-10 O/U thus far. It will be Kyle Gibson (1-2, 3.74 ERA) getting the start.
Why bet on the San Diego Padres
It is always going to be an uphill struggle for any team playing in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers. It has proven to be that way for the Padres. Despite being above .500 on the season at 13-12, they are down in 4th in the NL West standings and already 5 games back of the division leading Dodgers. While the Padres have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games, they are coming into this series on the heels of back to back wins over the Rangers in Texas. They will certainly like their chances at home, where they are a respectable 6-4 on the season. The Padres are 14-11 ATS and are 12-13 in the O/U. It will be Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 1.59 ERA) starting for San Diego.
- When: Thursday, August 20 at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Petco Park, San Diego
- Starting Pitchers: Kyle Gibson Vs Dinelson Lamet
- Rangers Vs Padres Live: FSSD, FOX Deportes San Diego
- Money Lines: Rangers +115 / Padres -135
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While the two games in Texas delivered a ton of offense, I think we might see things slow down a little in this one especially with Lamet on the mount. I like the Padres to rack up another win against the Rangers on Thursday.
Pick: Texas Rangers 1 San Diego Padres 5