The Padres took Monday’s series opener 10-3. Starter Blake Snell threw five scoreless innings – striking out seven – for the win. Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 3 with a home run and a double in the win. He scored two runs and drove in three. Fernando Tatis Jr. went 3 for 5 with a triple, two runs, and three RBIs.
Luis Rengifo was 3 for 4 with a home run and two runs for the Angels. Mike Moustakas added one run on two hits.
ON THE MOUND
Shohei Ohtani (7-3, 3.02 ERA) is set to take the mound for Los Angeles. The RHP ranks second in the AL in strikeouts (127). Ohtani allowed one run over 6.1 innings in his last start, a 4-2 road win over the White Sox on June 27.
He got the win, giving up four hits while striking out 10 and walking two. Righty Joe Musgrove (6-2, 3.80 ERA) will toe the rubber for San Diego.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the Angels. In his last start on Thursday, Musgrove took a no-decision on the road against the Pirates. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one in the 5-4 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged only 3.6 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.9, while slashing worse across the board (.229/.297/.440).
Against right-handed pitchers like Musgrove this season, the Halos have a .778 OPS, the fifth highest in MLB. Ohtani is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a 1.060 OPS in 238 at-bats.
San Diego is averaging 6.8 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.4 for the season, with a higher slugging percentage (.458 vs .400). The Padres have a .705 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a 1.017 OPS over 199 at-bats, Soto has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is 22-22 away from Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2023, scoring 5.3 runs per game while allowing 4.5 runs. San Diego has gone 21-22 at their home park this season, averaging 4.3 runs per game while surrendering 3.7. In the last 10 meetings at Petco Park, Los Angeles is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.1-3.6.
The Angels are third in the AL West, six games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Padres are fourth in the NL West, 11 games behind the Diamondbacks.
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