#962 San Diego Padresvs.#961 Arizona Diamondbacks
Written by David Hess
Arizona Diamondbacks (24-18 SU, 21-21 RL, 19-21-2 O/U) vs San Diego Padres (15-27 SU, 19-23 RL, 22-18-2 O/U)
When: 10:10 PM EDT, Friday, May 19, 2017
Where: Petco Park in San Diego, California
Lines: Arizona -133/ San Diego +123
Tonight on the MLB Diamond, a pair of National League West Foes will square off as the Arizona Diamondbacks duke it out with the San Diego Padres in game one of their three-game series from Petco Park in San Diego, California. The Under is 5-1 the last six meetings between these teams here in San Diego. Pitching Probables: The Diamondbacks will send out Taijuan Walker and he will be opposed by Jered Weaver.
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to surprise and they continue to play well at home where they have now gone 18-8 after sweeping the New York Mets in a three-game set this week. The Diamondbacks have averaged a strong 6.03 rpg, while allowing 4.15 rpg at home for the year. They are now six games over .500 overall and just two games out of first in the National League West. They have to get their act together on the road as they have gone just 6-10 away from home so far and have averaged just 3.06 rpg and have allowed 4.00 rpg in those road games thus far. If they start playing as good on the road as they have at home, then this will be a tough team to beat the rest of the way. The Diamondbacks will send out Taijuan Walker in this one and he has gone 3-3 with a 3.91 ERA in eight starts this year so far, including 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA in four starts on the road. Walker has gone 1-10 with a 5.03 ERA in 15 career starts during the month of May, while against the Padres in his career he has gone 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts, including 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start here at Petco.
The Diamondbacks have been a solid offensive team thus far as they come in ranked 7th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.90 rpg, while also ranking 5th in hitting at .263 and 5th in homers with 56. On the mound, they have been very solid in the early going as they come in ranked 6th in the league in ERA at 3.79, while also ranking 7th in WHIP at 1.26.
The San Diego Padres are just 15-27 on the year, which is the worst record in the league right now. The silver lining for them is the fact that they have gone a decent 7-6 in series openers this year while going just 8-21 in all other games. Just something about them opening up a series, but not being able to play well the rest of the way. The Padres are a bad team overall, but they have a shot at getting a win in this game as the Diamondbacks have struggled on the road so far. San Diego is 8-11 at home so far and they are already 11 games out of first in the National League West. Another long year is in store for the Padres. Toeing the rubber for the Padres in this one will be Jered Weaver and he has gone 0-4 with a 6.05 ERA in eight starts so far, including 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in three starts here at home. Weaver has gone 22-20 with a 3.66 ERA in 58 career starts during the month of May, while against the Diamondbacks in his career he is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in three starts. He has gone 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA in four career starts here at Petco.
The Padres have not been a good offensive team so far as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.55 rpg, while also ranking 30th in hitting at .222 and 10th in homers with 53. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 4.68, while also ranking 19th in WHIP at 1.35.
San Diego is:
The Padres have not been a good team at all this year and they have gone 8-11 here at home for the year so far. The Diamondbacks have been one of the surprises in the league so far and they have gone 11-7 on the road. Taijuan Walker is just 1-10 in his career in May, but I still give him the edge here over Jered Weaver, who is 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in three starts at home so far and he is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks, who also have the edge at the plate as they have one of the best offenses in the league, while the Padres have one of the worst. Take Arizona in this one.
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