MLB Prediction: Rangers vs Padres
Major League Baseball betting sees the Texas Rangers taking on the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, September 2nd at Petco Park, in San Diego, CA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Texas Rangers (68-62) at San Diego Padres (64-37)
Date: Wednesday, September 2nd
Time: 10:10 PM
Venue: Petco Park, in San Diego, CA.
MLB Betting Lines: Texas Rangers -116, San Diego Padres +107
MLB Betting Total: 6.5
Probable Pitchers: Texas LH Cole Hamels (8-8, 3.69 ERA) vs. Padres RH Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94 ERA)
The Texas Rangers remain one game ahead of Minnesota for the final AL wild-card berth with an 8-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Now they will look to put some distance between them and the Twins with a win on Wednesday night at Petco Park.
Texas got the go-ahead run on Tuesday from Elvis Andrus who singled and then stole home in the seventh inning. Slugger Prince Fielder also chipped in by hitting a two-run homer to cap a four-run inning. Fielder leads the Rangers with a .316 average on 155 hits.
The Rangers have now won seven of their last 10, and will look to keep their streak alive be sending Cole Hamels to the mound on Wednesday. The left-hander will make his sixth start since being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. Hamels, is 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 16 starts against the Padres, holding San Diego to a .198 batting average. He went eight innings in Friday’s win over Baltimore, striking out 10 while surrendering a single run on two hits and four walks.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are 5-5 m their last 10, and could not get the win on Tuesday, despite the bases with no outs in the ninth against Rangers.
San Diego is led offensively by Matt Kemp who homered and drove in four runs for San Diego on Tuesday. Kemp has a major-league best 38 RBI since the All-Star break, but it will be pitching that will be key in Wednesday’s matchup.
With that, the Friars will hand the ball to Ian Kennedy, who has pitched much better in the second half of the season, but lost his last start, 7-1 at Philadelphia. The right-hander allowed just two hits, walking five and striking out seven over 6.2 innings versus the Phillies. He is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA versus the Rangers.
MLB Betting Trends:
Over is 9-3-1 in TEX last 13 Wed. games.
SD are 1-8 in their last 9 interleague home games.
Over is 6-1-2 in SD last 9 interleague home games.
Over is 5-1-2 in SD last 8 Wed. games.
4* MLB Betting Prediction: Texas -116
Kennedy has been inconsistent and will struggle against a surging Rangers lineup in this one.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Texas 6, San Diego 3
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