Red Sox vs Padres Prediction - MLB Picks 5/20/23

San Diego Padres (20-25) vs Boston Red Sox (25-20)

Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:10 pm (Petco Park)

Joe Musgrove (1-1) (6.63) vs Chris Sale (3-2) (5.40)

Betting Odds: San Diego Padres -130 / Boston Red Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will play the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego, California.

Red Sox Preview

The Boston Red Sox are 25-20 this season and they have won three games in a row. Boston won Game 1 in this series by a score of 6-1 on Friday night. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.91 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a .261 opponent batting average this year. The Red Sox offense has scored 254 runs with a .271 batting average and a .341 on base percentage. Masataka Yoshida is batting .299 with six home runs and 28 RBI’s for the Red Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Boston is Chris Sale, who is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 43.1 innings pitched this season.

Padres Preview

The San Diego Padres are 20-25 this season and they have lost eight of their last nine games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, San Diego lost two out of three games against the Royals. The San Diego pitching staff has a 4.01 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a .232 opponent batting average. The Padres offense has scored 173 runs with a .225 batting average and a .315 on base percentage this season. Juan Soto is batting .247 with seven home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Padres. The projected starting pitcher for San Diego is Joe Musgrove, who is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP over 19.0 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Boston is 6-1 in their last 7 game two’s of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 interleague games. The over is 10-1 in Boston’s last 11 Saturday games. San Diego is 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-8 in their last 9 games. The under is 6-1-1 in San Diego’s last 8 game two’s of a series. Boston is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.

Pick

San Diego continues to struggle and comes into this game after losing eight of their last nine games. Boston has a winning record, but they are last in the very competitive AL East. Boston is starting Chris Sale, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts. San Diego is starting Joe Musgrove, who has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 14 innings of work. I like the Red Sox to get another win here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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