Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres - 5/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (19-29) at Arizona Diamondbacks (21-27)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
C Friedrich (0-1) (2.89) vs. Robbie Ray (2-3) (3.99)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -161 / San Diego Padres +151 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSA, FSSD
In Friday MLB action from Chase Field, the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be opening up their weekend series.
The Padres come into Friday’s game on a skid after losing three straight to the Giants in their most recent series. That means San Diego has dropped eight of their last 10 games.
As for the Diamondbacks, they’re fresh off a set against the Pirates this week. Arizona lost the first two games by a combined 17-5, and on Thursday in the finale the Diamondbacks were beaten again 8-3.
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For Friday’s game, San Diego will be sending out left-hander Christian Friedrich for the start. In two starts and an 0-1 record this year, Friedrich has logged a 2.89 ERA with a 2.04 WHIP. Last Friday, Friedrich put up just 3.1 innings with two runs against the Dodgers. That game was more of an audition for Friedrich than anything.
There’s not a whole lot to get excited about in San Diego this year, but there are some notable names in their order. Jon Jay has 48 hits with 18 runs and a .273 average to his credit. Wil Myers is right there alongside with 48 hits, 25 runs and 20 RBI. Matt Kemp holds a team-high 10 homers with 30 RBI, but is nursing along a tepid .222 batting average so far.
The Diamondbacks will be countering with lefty Robbie Ray on Friday. In his nine starts and 2-3 record this year, Ray has logged a 4.18 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP over 47.1 innings. On Saturday, Ray allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings against the Cardinals.
The Arizona batting order is a pretty well-rounded one. Jean Segura has been spectacular on 63 hits with 27 runs and 23 RBI. Segura bagged two more hits and two more runs on Thursday. Brandon Drury holds 48 hits with seven homers and 15 RBI. Chris Owings has 44 hits to his credit with 18 runs and 16 RBI.
The Padres are 4-1 in their last five Friday games, and 17-35 in their last 52 against the National League West.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are 1-5 in Ray’s last six starts and 1-5 in their last six home games against a left-hander.
Friedrich has the goods to put up a solid line here, but I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against the Diamondbacks. Arizona should handle business easily.