Free MLB Picks Today: San Diego Padres vs Boston Red Sox 5/19/23

Free MLB Picks Today: San Diego Padres vs Boston Red Sox 5/19/23
Fri 19th May 2023

The Boston Red Sox (24-20) take one of the most productive offenses in the league on the road to face the San Diego Padres (20-24) at Petco Park on Friday to open a three-game Interleague series.

The Red Sox are playing their first of nine games on the road after closing out a difficult six-game homestand (2-4). They won two out of three in their last series against the Mariners, taking the finale 12-3 on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Justin Turner was 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs, and two RBIs. Jarren Duran added one RBI on two hits.The Padres are in the midst of a six-game homestand.

They lost two of three against the Royals in their last series, dropping the finale 4-3 on Wednesday at Petco Park. Jake Cronenworth went 2 for 3 with a solo home run.

Ha-Seong Kim added one run on two hits. The teams are meeting for the first time since August 25, 2019, when the Padres avoided a three-game series sweep with a 3-1 win at Petco Park.


James Paxton (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is slated to start for Boston. The southpaw allowed two runs over five innings in his last start, an 8-6 road defeat against the Cardinals on May 12.

He gave up four hits while striking out nine and walking one in the no-decision. For San Diego, lefty Blake Snell (1-5, 4.61 ERA) gets the ball.

In his last start on May 12, Snell took a no-decision on the road against the Dodgers. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking four in the 4-2 loss.


The Boston offense is averaging 5.6 runs per game for the season, third best in MLB, with a slash line of .272/.342/.451. Masataka Yoshida leads the team in OPS at .881. The left fielder is slashing .300/.381/.500 with six home runs, 28 RBIs, and 26 runs over 36 games.

Against lefties like Snell this season, the Sox have a .773 OPS. Turner is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a .906 OPS in 54 at-bats. San Diego is slashing .226/.317/.382 for the season and averaging 3.9 runs per game, fifth lowest in the league.

Juan Soto leads the team with ann .873 OPS. The right fielder has seven home runs, 20 RBIs, and 22 runs scored with a slash line of .252/.402/.471.

San Diego is averaging only 2.6 runs per game in the last five with their slash line falling across the board (.187/.304/.290). The Padres have a .751 OPS against left-handers in 2023. With a .953 OPS over 38 at-bats, Trent Grisham has been their best hitter against left-handers.


Boston is 9-9 in road games in 2023, scoring 5.1 runs per game while allowing 4.9 runs. San Diego has gone 11-13 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 4.1 runs per game while surrendering 4.0.

In nine games between the teams at Petco Park, Boston is 6-3 with an average scoreline of 4.1-2.3.


The Red Sox are fifth in the AL East, eight games behind the division-leading Rays. The Padres are fourth in the NL West, eight games behind the Dodgers.

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SD Padres (-150)

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