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2021 MLB Handicapping
(4-3) San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers (3-3)
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Time: 8:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX.
Projected Pitchers: Musgrove (SD), Arihara (TEX)
MLB Moneyline Odds: SD -195 | TEX +163
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: SD -114 , TEX -105
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9 (Over -120)
San Diego Padres
The Padres will play their first road game of the season on Friday night in Arlington.
They took three out of four against Arizona and dropped two of three to San Francisco in their first week of the season at Petco Park.
Victor Caratini has gotten off to a hot start as the starting catcher for his new club. He’s hitting .308 with an OPS+ just under 150.
Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers have two home runs apiece.
Much of the talk is still dominated around Fernando Tatis Jr. and his shoulder injury. The Padres’ general manager insists Tatis doesn’t need surgery. Others around the league are skeptical.
If Tatis did tear his labrum, it would likely require surgery that would put him out for the season, a devastating blow to a young Padres team that has World Series aspirations.
Joe Musgrove won his first start as a Padre with a sparkling outing: six innings, three hits, and no runs allowed, striking out six without issuing a walk.
Musgrove has plenty of experience pitching against the Rangers in this ballpark from his time with Houston.
Musgrove will oppose Kohei Arihara, who made his Major League debut last week in a no-decision against Kansas City.
The 28-year-old right-hander gave up six hits and three runs in five innings, walking none and striking out one.
Arihara was a veteran of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan with the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Texas packed over 38,000 fans into its stadium for the home opener but excitement immediately dropped in the next two games of that series against Toronto, of which Texas took two of three.
The Rangers only drew about 35,000 for the next two games of that series, combined.
The fans who attended the middle game of the series got to see new first baseman Nate Lowe go deep twice and drive in four runs to give him an RBI in each of the first five games of the season.
Lowe failed to produce an RBI in Texas’ last game on Wednesday for the first time this season. He drove in 14 runs in his first five games.
Meanwhile, Joey Gallo is off to a good start at the plate. He’s only got one home run, which makes his solid numbers across the board all the more impressive.
The key number, to me at least, is his walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has as many walks as strikeouts (6) in the early part of the season, which could be a frightening prospect for pitchers.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Padres are 8-0 in their last 8 interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Padres are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games.
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
- Under is 6-0 in Padres last 6 overall.
- Over is 3-0-1 in Rangers last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Head to Head: Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
- Head to Head: Padres are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Free San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction: Arihara gives Texas a chance.
The Rangers are too underpriced in this matchup.
The Padres have never seen Arihara, who won’t beat himself. Without Tatis in the lineup, San Diego will have to look for offense elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Gallo is the best player on the field. He’s always liable to go off and he’s got a good matchup against the right-handed starter.
So play Texas as a live dog in a spot it should be at least a little more expensive.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Texas +163
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