San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 16)
- Can the Diamondbacks break out the brooms?
- Will Robby Ray find his form?
- Padres turn to Richards to get back in the win column
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Padres vs Diamondbacks Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|San Diego Padres||-1 -106||O 9 -110||-121|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+1 -115||U 9 -110||+110|
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Padres vs Diamondbacks Predictions and Picks
Robbie Ray hasn’t been able to get a soul out this year. Even give him the benefit of the doubt and say he has a decent game, the Diamondbacks offense has been hot. We like the over in this one.
Over 9 -110
Betting record through 8/15/20 (14-12-1)
Padres are 0-9 in their last nine meetings in Arizona
Padres are 12-40 in their last 52 on the road against a left-handed starter
Padres are 6-19 in their last 25 road games
Padres are 2-6 in their last eight game three’s of a series
Padres are 0-6 in their last six road games against a team with a losing record
Under is 6-3 in Padres last nine vs. team with a losing record
Under is 9-4 in Padres last 13 road games vs. left-handed starter
Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last seven game three’s of a series
Diamondbacks are 10-4 in their last 14 home games
Under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings
Under is 4-2-1 in last seven meetings in Arizona
How to watch San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks
|San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks Information|
|What||San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Where||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|
|When||Sunday, August 16, 2020, 4:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||MLB TV|
Time for the Brooms?
After dropping each of its first three series, Arizona has quietly won three of the past four series to creep back near that .500 mark. After taking the first two games from the Padres thanks to some well-rounded performances, the Diamondbacks hope to keep their hot bats going to earn their first sweep of the season. Arizona has scored five or more runs in six straight games and seven or more in the last five.
The middle of Arizona’s lineup continues to rake but isn’t getting any help from the bottom half of the order. The slash lines of Arizona’s 2-5 hitters go Ketel Marte (.333/.356/.440), Starling Marte (.347/.427/.514), David Peralta (.342/.402/.452) and Christian Walker (.307/.350/.480) are all ranking in the top 26 in batting average in the league and the 2-4 hitters all ranking in the top 11.
Peralta has been the hottest of the bunch, going 12-of-22 in the past five games and bringing his batting average from .255 to .342 in the process.
Robbie Ray Tries to Right the Ship
There’s no way to sugar coat it, Robbie Ray has been downright terrible this year. Ray, who re-signed with the team on a one-year 9.4-million-dollar deal, hasn’t been able to log a single quality start this season.
Through four starts, Ray is 1-2 with a 10.59 ERA and 2.12 WHIP. Both numbers are the highest among all starters who have pitched at least 17 innings this season.
Ray has thrown five full innings just once this season and given up five or more runs in all but one outing. His lack of control has been the biggest concern, walking multiple batters in each game including six in a loss to the Dodgers.
Ray has seen the Padres once this year, going 3.2 innings, giving up three runs, on four hits, walking three and striking out seven.
The southpaw has been trending the wrong way since a career year in 2017 when he went 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA. Last season he had a 4.34 ERA but did tie a career-high with 174.1 innings pitched.
Padres Desperate to End Skid
After getting off to an 11-7 start to the season, the Padres have lost four consecutive contests to fall back to .500. For the most part, the offense has struggled during that stretch, scoring just four runs in the first 34 innings of the past four games.
However, perhaps there were signs of the offense waking up yesterday, with San Diego scoring five total runs in the eighth and ninth innings to make the game a nail biter.
Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to rake, coming off of a 2-for-4 game where he had three runs scored, three RBI, and two extra-base hits including his league-leading ninth home run.
The Padres will counter Ray with Garret Richards who comes off one of his best appearances of the season. Richards picked up his first victory of 2020 on Tuesday, throwing six innings, giving up six hits and just one earned run while striking out three in a 6-2 victory over the Dodgers.
Richards has done his best work against lefties, holding them to a .225 average and has faced the Diamondbacks once this year, shutting them out through five innings and giving up just one run in the process.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.