After losing their first two games of the series against the Oakland Athletics, I'm backing the San Diego Padres with my MLB picks to win today on the plus money line. Good value on a pretty good team with a good pitching matchup.
In early betting the best MLB odds could be found at 5Dimes at +155, but the lines have moved up to +170 on some sportsbooks, so always keep checking to see where you can find the best price.
Although the numbers might not show it, this will be a good pitching matchup. Odrisamer Despaigne takes the mound for the Padres today with a 4.38 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He is not a big strikeout pitcher and has had the most success by getting a lot of groundouts. He has pitched very well in his last five games only allowing eight earned runs in 30 innings pitched, in fact, in four of those games he allowed two runs, zero runs, one run, and one run. For the athletics Jesse Chavez takes the mound and comes in with a 2.64 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. But career wise he has an ERA of 4.38 and whip of 1.36. Also, he has not been sharp in his last two games allowing seven earned runs in 12 innings pitched, more importantly though is he allowed 17 hits in those two games.
Across the board both the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres rank pretty evenly offensively. The A's rank 10th in runs scored per game in the Padres right behind them at 13th. In hits per game the A's rank ninth in the Padres 17th. As a team the Oakland A's are hitting .255 in the Padres .244, there isn't a huge disparity between these two teams at the plate. But what I find interesting, is most of San Diego's stats improve when they are on the road. From runs per game, hits, slugging, and on base percentage, all their important offensive stats improve on the road.
This the value MLB pick for me, at +161 with a good pitcher on the mound the Padres have a very good chance to win this game. I will back them in this spot to break their losing streak.
MLB Pick: Padres +161 at Bookmaker