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Padres Continue Playoff Drive vs Angels

San Diego Took Series Opener

The San Diego Padres try to push close to a possible National League playoff berth when they face the Los Angeles Angels in the finale of a two-game interleague series on Saturday night. The game is scheduled for a 9:07 pm ET first pitch at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

The Padres took the series opener, 5-0, snapping a four-game losing streak. San Diego is 69-61 and in third place in the NL West, trailing the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 12½ games. The Padres are two games behind the Cincinnati Reds, who currently hold the second Wild-Card spot in the National League.

Shohei Ohtani looks on Los Angeles Angels vs San Diego Padres Picks
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The Angels have lost three straight and have fallen out of playoff contention. Los Angeles is 63-67 and in fourth place in the AL West, trailing the third-place Seattle Mariners by 6½ games.

MLB lines have the Padres with a moneyline of -121, while the Angels are listed at +111, with the over/under set at 10 runs. Take action and bet on MLB now!

Needed Win

San Diego was reeling heading into Friday’s game after getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Joe Musgrove pitched a complete-game three-hitter.

“Top-of-the-line stuff, top-of-the-line competitor, and he’s thrown as well as anybody on the staff,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said after Friday’s win. “All I know is this: He takes the ball, and you feel like you’re going to win that day.”

Now is the time for San Diego to get back to winning, as Friday began a string of 11 games in which eight of those are against teams below .500. The Padres finish the season with 22 games against teams with winning records, so the time to make up some ground is now.

Second baseman Jurickson Profar had a two-run double in the fourth inning to provide all the offense the Padres would need. It was one of only two extra-base hits San Diego would have among its 10 hits in the opener.

Left-hander Ryan Weathers will try to keep things going. Weathers is 4-6 with a 5.27 ERA and has lost his last four decisions.

Weathers took the loss in his last outing, a two-inning relief appearance against Philadelphia on Sunday as he allowed three runs in two innings of work. In four appearances in August, Weathers is 0-3 with a 13.17 ERA.

No Pop

The Angels have been relying on Shohei Ohtani to lead the offensive attack all season long, but he has been struggling of late. The MLB odds leader for AL MVP went 0-for-4 on Friday night, his third such showing in six games, and he’s 4-for-24 over his last seven games.

The Los Angeles offense has been inconsistent, scoring 14 runs in a Tuesday win over Baltimore but scoring a total of seven runs in its current three-game losing streak, with six of those coming on Wednesday.

Left-hander Jose Suarez will get the start. The 23-year-old is 5-7 with a 4.06 ERA, having lost his last three starts.

Suarez is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts in August, giving up at least two earned runs in each. He’s also given up three runs in each of the last two months after allowing only three total over his first nine appearances of the season.

Padres Win Again

The Angels offense just doesn’t have much pop right now, while the Padres are feeling better after Friday’s win. Look for another tough game for Los Angeles as San Diego completes the two-game sweep.

When making your MLB picks, take San Diego to win on the road.

Pick: San Diego Padres -121

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