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MLB Picks: Padres vs Angels Prediction, Odds (Aug 28)

  • Padres beat Angels 5-0 in Friday’s series opener
  • Angels have allowed fourth-most runs in MLB
  • Both starting pitchers enter with ERAs over 4.00

Both the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres were trendy teams coming into this season. But the Angels find themselves 14 games back of the first place in their division, while the Padres sit 15 games back of the first place in theirs.

With the Padres carrying a better chance to earn a Wild Card spot, they will look to earn a second straight victory in this series against a fellow Californian side on Saturday.

San Diego Padres vs Los Angeles Angels Schedule

  • Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
  • When: Saturday, August 28, 9:07pm ET
  • How to Watch: FS1

Padres vs Angels Vegas Odds

Game Preview

Padres Finally Snap Losing Streak

It was a painful four-game stretch for the San Diego Padres prior to Friday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels. San Diego had lost their series finale to the Philadelphia Phillies before dropping three crucial games in a row against the Los Angeles Angels. Now, the Padres are back in the win column and are looking to keep their postseason prospects alive with continued success against the Angels.

Aug 27, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (44) and designated hitter Manny Machado (13) celebrate the 5-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (44) and designated hitter Manny Machado (13) celebrate the 5-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In picking up a shutout victory against the Angels on Friday, the Padres got the first shutout from their pitching staff in 17 games. Unfortunately for the Padres, it is unlikely that they get that kind of pitching performance again on Saturday, as Ryan Weathers has really struggled this season. Weathers comes into Saturday’s start against the Angels with an ERA of 5.27, giving up 17 home runs in just over 80 innings of work on the year.

Angels Are Ice Cold

With their season slipping away with each loss, the Los Angeles Angels aren’t doing much to turn things around lately. The Angels have lost six of their last seven games, getting swept by Cleveland, losing two of three to the Orioles, and dropping their series opener to the Padres. In five of their last seven games, the Angels have failed to score more than one run.

Aug 27, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Phil Gosselin (13) throws to first for the out against San Diego Padres third baseman Ha-Seong Kim (7) during the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Phil Gosselin (13) throws to first for the out against San Diego Padres third baseman Ha-Seong Kim (7) during the third inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The pitching of the Angels hasn’t helped things either, as Los Angeles has allowed ten or more runs in three of their last four games. Jose Suarez will take the mound to try and buck that trend on Saturday, though his 4.06 ERA doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence either. For now, the Angels would settle for either a solid offensive or defensive performance.

Prediction & Pick

Who will win tonight’s MLB game:

Both teams are sending struggling pitchers to the mound for this game and aren’t playing their best baseball right now. Instead of putting trust in either team to win the game, the over ten runs market is the best bet for this contest. Expect runs early and for both bullpens to be overworked tonight, leading to plenty of runs later in the game as well to push the game over the total.

Expert Picks:

  • Over 10 runs
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