The San Diego Padres enter this game with a record of 23-24 and have lost four of their last five games including a 3-1 series loss at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend that concluded with a 6-4 loss on Sunday. The Arizona Diamondbacks enter this game with a record of 25-22 and have lost three of their last five games including a 2-1 series loss against the San Francisco Giants at home over the weekend that concluded on Sunday with a 3-2 loss. The San Diego Padres are listed as -150 money line favorites over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a better team on the road than they have been at home this season with a 14-9 road record versus an 11-13 home record. Arizona is 14-9 on the road and 15-13 as an underdog this season.
Arizona will send Luke Weaver to the mound for game one of the series. Weaver is 3-2 this season with a 3.16 ERA while striking out 55 over 51 1/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Padres while allowing an average of 2 runs and striking out an average of 5.33 in those games.
Eduardo Escobar leads the team in home runs and runs with 10 home runs and 28 runs. Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte are tied for the team lead in RBI with 31 apiece. Arizona is averaging 5.20 runs per game, which ranks seventh in MLB. The Diamondbacks are allowing an average of 4.57 runs per game, which ranks 13th in MLB.
Still Not There
The San Diego Padres will likely remain in the playoff hunt this season, but I don’t see them being a playoff caliber team this season. San Diego is 11-14 at home and 13-14 as a favorite this season.
San Diego will send Chris Paddack to the mound for game one of the series. Paddack is 3-2 this season with a 1.99 ERA while striking out 49 over 45 1/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-0 against the Diamondbacks while allowing one run in that game and striking out five in that game.
Franmil Reyes leads the team in home runs and RBI with 14 home runs and 25 RBI. Manny Machado leads the team in runs with 23. San Diego is averaging 3.78 runs per game, which ranks 27th in MLB. The Padres are allowing 4.26 runs per game, which ranks 10th in MLB.
San Diego Ends Its Losing Streak
The San Diego Padres are a solid team overall but are inconsistent to this point of the season. San Diego is 6-4 in their last 10 matchups against Arizona while the Diamondbacks are outscoring the Padres by an average of 4.80 to 4.10 in those games. The Padres are also 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Diamondbacks while Arizona is outscoring San Diego by an average of 4.33 to 3.67 in those contests. I look for the winning trend of San Diego to continue with a win in game one of this series over Arizona.