The San Diego Padres reportedly had a chance to pick up Max Scherzer as the MLB Trade deadline concluded, but the Washington Nationals star, instead, is on his way to the LA Dodgers. Perhaps the string of wins coming out of San Diego lately gave the team confidence in its abilities, but it could have always used the pitcher’s skills. Now, the Dodgers will exploit him, hoping his talents will give them a chance at back-to-back World Series titles. The Padres have a chance to prove themselves today, with MLB sports bettors staring at a number of hot items on their list.
Padres Look to Continue Thrashing
The Padres gave a beating to the Oakland A’s last night, winning 8-1 in a game that saw Tommy Pham hit a leadoff home run and Austin Nola pick up two RBIs. Every time San Diego approached the plate, it spelled disaster for the A’s, with every starter getting at least one hit or bringing one man home. The Padres, at 62-47, have been strong lately, but that doesn’t mean the 60-48 A’s can be dismissed easily.
Oakland is bringing in righty Frankie Montas to start tonight and he has a perfect record against the Padres. That record only includes one game, back in 2018, but his 4.08 ERA isn’t going to give the Padres much little trouble. Fortunately for San Diego, Joe Musgrove is starting on the mound, and his ability trumps that of Montas. He comes into tonight’s game after recording 11 strikeouts in his last start, a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres are getting -108 tonight against -126 to the A’s, an indication that this is not going to be an easy game. The slight advantage is because of Musgrove’s recent track record, which includes three wins in four games, and the Over/Under of 8 runs is very realistic. Taking the Over at -114 makes sense, as both teams are good for at least four runs based on their recent performances.
Dodgers Hope for Revenge
Dodgers fans were none too pleased yesterday. In front of what was the largest crowd of the MLB season so far, amid heckles and jeers, the Houston Astros shut down the noise, as well as the Dodgers. Houston walked away with a 3-0 victory and the Dodgers walked away with red faces.
The Dodgers (64-44) have a chance to redeem themselves tonight against the 65-42 Astros. Scherzer is expected to debut tonight and is coming off a win against the Philadelphia Phillies from last Thursday. He’s well-rested and well-prepared to show the Dodgers that they made the right choice.
The Dodgers are getting -225 tonight against the +185 of the Astros. This is partly because of Scherzer, but also because Houston is going to start with Jake Odorizzi. He may have experience, but he’s never pitched in Dodger Stadium. However, the Dodgers were favored last night, too, but couldn’t pull it off. This could be a low-scoring game, which makes the Over/Under of 8.5 a little uncertain. Odorizzi has no experience at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers also have no experience facing him. A small bet on the Under at -120 could go a long way.
Braves Ready for the Cards
The Atlanta Braves faced the St. Louis Cardinals last night, walking away with an easy, 6-1 win after putting up five runs in the first inning. The Cards may be regretting bringing over Jon Lester from the Nationals, as he didn’t get an out until his 27th pitch and allowed the first seven hitters to tag a base. Fortunately, he’s not starting tonight.
Because neither team is having a very successful year, the moneyline is close, with the Braves only slightly ahead of the Cards at -105. Dansby Swanson wants his 100th hit for the Braves tonight, which will help keep Atlanta in control. The Over/Under is at 9 runs and the Over is just barely getting enough weight to be the choice. J.A. Happ is starting for the Cardinals, and his record speaks for itself. He has given up 20 earned runs over his last 16 innings, and the Braves are going to take advantage of him tonight.