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Padres Attempt to Stay in the Hunt While Taking on Blue Jays

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/30/2013 7:58:35 PM

Although the San Diego Padres may not get the attention of a playoff team, they could become one as they are just six games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings.  They don't yet have a star player on the roster, but they have plenty of younger guys contributing that could turn into stars in the coming years.

Toronto Blue Jays @ San Diego Padres
Friday May 31, 2013 – 10:10 PM ET
Petco Park, San Diego, CA

The Toronto Blue Jays' roster has a different look than that of the Padres', yet the Blue Jays are another team that could turn into a real playoff threat if they can get their starting pitching together and get hot before the All-Star break.

MLB Betting Preview: San Diego Padres

Jason Marquis will be on the mound Friday for the Padres and he is quietly having one of the best years of his career with a 6-2 record and 3.70 ERA. Marquis only made it through three innings before being pulled against the Diamondbacks in his last start, so his arm should be fresh and ready to go against the Blue Jays. As for some of the younger position players behind Marquis that sports gamblers should be aware of, first is first basemen Yonder Alonso, who seems to have a bright future as he is hitting .277 with six home runs this year in what will be just his second full season at the major league level. Another player who could develop into a star is second basemen Jedd Gyorko, who is hitting .269 with six home runs at the major league level this year, and has shown throughout his time in the minors he has the ability to not only hit for average, but for power as well.

MLB Betting Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays' rotation is a mess because of all the starters that have gone down with an injury this year, and although they haven't released their starting pitchers for the upcoming series with the Padres, rookie Chad Jenkins should make the start as it would be on normal days rest for him. Jenkins has just two starts this year but has been consistent as he went five innings and gave up two runs in each of those starts. While it is hard to predict what a youngster with limited experience will do on the mound, the Blue Jays' lineup can be dissected and summed up in one word, power. Sports books know the Blue Jays like to hit for power as they rank third in the league in home runs, and while they haven't scored as many runs as you'd think, they have the ability to go for double digits in any game if they happen to hit the ball out of the park with guys on base.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

These two teams present an unusual match-up as neither has performed great, but both have the ability to surprise people and have a stretch of a few impressive games. However, basing my decision off the starting pitching match-up, and the potential of the Padres' players, San Diego is my sports betting pick in this game.

MLB Betting Pick: Padres

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