MLB Odds, Preview, Prediction for Padres vs. Angels: Capitalize on San Diego’s Starting Pitcher (August 28)

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  • The San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Angels in California on Saturday night.
  • The Padres have recently remembered how to hit, but the Angels have crushed lefties all season — which is what San Diego will send to the mound.
  • Check out Kenny Ducey's full betting guide, complete with updated odds, a pick, and prediction below.

Padres vs. Angels Odds

Padres Odds -125
Angels Odds +105
Over/Under 10 (-105 / -115)
Time 9:07 p.m. ET
TV FS1
Odds as of Saturday morning and via DraftKings.

The Padres are feeling the blues here in the dog days of August, though a win to start their weekend series with the Angels has them feeling the slightest bit confident.

Not once during the cold streak has San Diego begun a series with a win, so perhaps this is something it can build upon.

Ryan Weathers will head to the hill for San Diego, hoping to right the ship, and he’ll be met by the surprising Jose Suarez. With the splits on their side, are the Angels an intriguing bet on Saturday? Let’s break this down below.

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Padres Remembering How to Hit

The Padres picked things up in a big way on Friday, getting to Cooper Criswell, Packy Naughton and the rest of the Angels bullpen early for a 5-0 win. The Fathers had a whopping 10 hits in the game, contradicting their .178 batting average over the last two weeks and league-worst 60 wRC+.

It was a reminder that yes, this team can hit, but just how long will this last?

San Diego will have to face a lefty on Friday, something it has dreaded all year long. It’s slashing just .239/.321/.383 against left-handers this year, ranking in the bottom six of the league in wRC+.

The only encouraging things would be the Padres’ 10% walk rate against lefties and their 22.4% strikeout rate, which would point to the fact that there are good at-bats happening there. The issue has been in the power department, where they have just a .144 ISO.

The problem here is that Weathers will be getting the ball, so the offense will need to work very hard for the win. The lefty has allowed six home runs in his last three starts, carrying a 13.17 ERA in August into this one. His 5.69 xERA would tend to back his horrific numbers, as would his .408 xwOBA on contact. There is no doubt about these hits he’s allowing.

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Angels Crushing Lefties This Season

It turns out that hitting lefties is kind of the Angels’ thing. They’re all the way up to sixth in wRC+ against southpaws, sporting a strong .743 OPS and slugging 57 home runs, good for fourth in the split.

Los Angeles has lost six of seven now, and hope on offense may be fading with a .288 wOBA in the last two weeks.

Facing a lefty should inspire some confidence, as should the fact that L.A. is a very contact-happy team, putting a bat on the ball on 77.1% of swings this year. Perhaps these swings will result in more productive balls in play against a pitcher whose exit velocity and barrel numbers are scary high.

The good news here is that Suarez will take the ball for the Angels.

Though he’s pitched to a 5.40 ERA in August, he’s been very effective this year, carrying a 3.65 xERA into this one with a very low 33% hard-hit rate. It’s worth noting he had to go against the Yankees, Jays, Rockies and A’s over the last month and a half — all teams that have been imposing at the plate.

Padres-Angels Pick

Suarez’s pitch-to-contact approach should do him well here against a Padres team that has been unable to drive the ball in any capacity over the last month or so. The home runs simply haven’t been there, and there are some real holes in this lineup.

On the other end, Weathers is a disaster waiting to happen against one of baseball’s premier offenses against left-handers.

The Angels’ propensity for the longball, coupled with Weathers’ issues with gopher balls, should allow L.A. to jump out in front early.

Pick: Angels First Five ML (-110)

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