Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres 5-20-2023

Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres 5/20/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres 5/20/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Boston Red Sox will go against the San Diego Padres in MLB action in Petco Park, CA, on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 10:10 PM ET after Wednesday’s 12-3 demolition of the Seattle Mariners, which ended a three-game series at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox advanced to 24-20 overall.


Their third victory in nine games and second in a row. Boston began a nine-game road trip on Friday to maintain its offensive momentum. 


In the past seven days and 172 at-bats, the Red Sox slashed .297/.354/.448 with four home runs and 13 extra-base hits. In 2023, they will average 5.64 runs per game, which places them third in baseball.


On the other hand, the Sawx have a mediocre 5.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a .263 opponent batting average while giving up 5.27 runs per game, ranking them 27th in the MLB.


At Petco Park, Chris Sale will take the mound on Saturday. In eight starts (43.1 innings pitched), the left-hander, 34, is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a 54/12 K/BB ratio.


Sale was pitching exceptionally well lately, giving up just five earned runs on 13 hits in 20.1 innings over his last three appearances while striking out 24 batters. The Boston Red Sox rank fifth in AL East.


Boston owns a slugging percentage of .451 and struck out 341 times while drawing a walk on 144 occasions. They have amassed 238 runs batted in and 411 hits this year, while their batting average is at .272.


The Red Sox have recorded 100 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 55 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 248 runs while having a team OBP of .342.


As a squad, the Boston Red Sox score 5.6 runs per game, 3rd in baseball.


  • The Boston Red Sox are 2-3 in their last five matches against the spread.
  • The Boston Red Sox are 11-7 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 3 of the Red Sox’s last five games.

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Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres Predictions 5/20/2023


Following their 4-3 home loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, the San Diego Padres‘ record fell to 20-24. The Padres dropped their fourth straight series, marking their ninth defeat in their previous 11 matches.


San Diego started a three-game series last Monday by blanking Kansas City 4-0 to end a 5-game losing run, but they could not continue their winning ways.


This season, the Padres’ offense was a huge letdown, scoring 3.91 runs per game (26th in the majors) on a slash line of. 226/.317/.382 (.248/.321/.409 league average).


San Diego had 155 at-bats over the past seven days and is hitting a dismal.187/.306/.290 with three home runs and six extra-base hits.


This season, Joe Musgrove, a 30-year-old right-hander, made four starts totaling 19 innings and is 1-0 with a staggering 6.63 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 19/8 K/BB ratio.


In his first start in May, Musgrove displayed strong pitching, surrendering just one unearned run over five innings while facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Diego ranks fourth in NL West.


The San Diego pitching staff allowed 180 runs for the season while having an ERA of 3.97 (172 earned runs allowed). They have yielded 50 home runs and conceded 4.15 runs per 9 innings (8th in the league).


The Padres have a WHIP of 1.263 with a FIP of 4.39 as a staff on the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio 8.60 (372 strikeouts vs 153 free passes). They come in at 5th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 340.


  • The San Diego Padres are 1-4 in their last five matches against the spread.
  • The San Diego Padres are 10-10 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 1 of the Padres’ last five games.

Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres. The MLB pick for this game is the San Diego Padres. Chris Sale never made a start at Petco Park.


While the current Red Sox are 11-for-37 with three round-trippers against Joe Musgrove, the present Padres are 24-for-80 with four home homers against him.


In May, Boston had a 121 wRC+ versus right-handed pitchers and a +137 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers.


On the other hand, San Diego has a 77 wRC+ this month versus right-handed pitchers and a 136 wRC+ against southpaws.


The objective of keeping the Padres quiet will be difficult for Sale because they are too talented to suffer for too long. In this game, Musgrove will face a challenging assignment as well.


Therefore, I’m backing the Padres due to their strong bullpen. San Diego’s relievers have a 1.86 ERA, 3.97 FIP, and 9.3 K/9 over the past two weeks, while Boston’s bullpen has a 5.84 ERA, 5.51 FIP, and 7.3 K/9.


The San Diego Padres will win to a predicted score of 5-3.


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Boston Red Sox vs San Diego Padres 5/20/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 10:10 PM ET


Location: Petco Park, CA


Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023




MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox +114


MLB Totals: 8.5


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