Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.05 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.14 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (64-67) and the Texas Rangers (68-62) at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 7-0 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and can be seen on FSSD and FSSW.
Cashner pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 4-2 defeat to the Nationals. Justin Upton (.253, 70 Rs, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs, 18 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Gallardo went 5.1 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking three in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays in his most recent start.
San Diego is a slim -115 favorite at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Padres have an overall money line of -655 and a record as the favorite of 33-26. Against the AL, they are winless as the favorite (0-7), but have an SU record of 6-11. The Padres have seen a decline in scoring against teams in the AL, averaging 3.0 runs per game. They average 4.1 runs per game on the season. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 354. San Diego's pitchers fall apart when American League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 6.2 against AL teams, compared to its 4.4 season average. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Padres, who rank third in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.0.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 53-49 record and an overall money line of +2,345. Texas is 7-3 as the underdog and 9-8 SU against teams in the NL. Texas's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 4.02 ERA.
The Padres lead the season series, 3-1. The Padres have a 48-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Cashner (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 45-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
San Diego won its last game in a shutout, its fifth of the season. Texas has been shut out eight times this season.
The Padres are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 25-37 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-48. The Rangers have a 15-47 record when opponents outhit them.
San Diego ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 119 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 135.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.26 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.78.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.686). Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .731.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 34-47, well-matched with the Padres who are 34-48 when allowing at least one homer.