Padres at Rangers Fantasy Betting Preview 26, June 2018

Life is tough on the west coast, and these two teams know it. The San Diego Padres, the last place team in the NL West, travel to take on the Texas Rangers, the last place team in the AL West.

Pitching matchup

Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) returns to Texas, where things went horribly wrong for him last season. Now back with San Diego, Ross has been impressive. He has a 3.71 xFIP, 1.4 WAR and a strike rate of 8.60 per nine innings pitched

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.58 ERA) has been in affiliated ball since 2006. Last year, he finally got his first taste of big league experience as a 32-year-old. Now 33, Bibens-Dirkx is back and getting a chance as a member of the Texas rotation.

Better play: Ross

Bibens-Dirkx is a great story, but there is a reason why Ross has bounced around the bigs for nearly a decade while the Rangers starter is a fringy major leaguer at best.

Who should start

  • Elvis Andrus has looked good since bouncing back from injury, and this could be the game to really get him going. The shortstop has four hits and a walk in nine career at-bats against Ross.
  • Cory Spangenberg may not be the most exciting option, but he’s having a nice June (.322/.355/.559) and he plays in most of the Padres games against right-handed pitching. His versatility and availability make him a good option for managers looking for an offensive upgrade.

Who should sit

  • Shin-Soo Choo is the most valuable fantasy player on the Rangers roster. But if you have a team full of good outfielders, consider giving him the day off. In 14 at-bats against Ross, Choo has one hit and four strikeouts.
  • Christian Villanueva is one of the few Padres that has been worth owning at any point this season, but he has been really bad since April and struggles mightily against right-handed pitching (.183/.263/.338).

Prediction

Padres too win, Both teams are pretty bad at present, but the Rangers are horrific in their home park (15-24) and facing a tough starter. San Diego could get a boost from the benefit of a DH, and Ross may be extra motivated against his old employer.

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