Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/24/14
San Diego Padres (59-69) at Arizona Diamondbacks (55-75)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Chase Field)
Ian Kennedy (R) (9-11) (3.718) vs. Chase Anderson (R) (7-5) (3.710)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +103 / San Diego Padres -113 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, FSAZ
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to sweep the San Diego Padres as the NL West rivals conclude their three game series at Chase Field in Phoenix.
San Diego Padres lost their third straight game last night, falling 5-2 in Arizona. The Padres rallied in the eighth inning to tie the game at two on a Yangervis Solarte two run RBI single, but Kevin Quackenbush conceded three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the loss. The Padres offense has ranked last in the league in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage and slugging for the bulk of the season and continues to hamper their output as the pitching staff is the team’s best attribute.
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Ian Kennedy takes the hill on Sunday in hopes of helping the Padres rebound. Kennedy has had his ups and downs this season, entering this matchup with a WHIP of 1.26 and ERA of 3.72 while posting a 9-11 record. Kennedy used to pitch for the Diamondbacks and was ineffective in his lone start against them this season allowing three runs on 11 hits over five innings back on May 3rd. Kennedy will benefit from not having to see Paul Goldschmidt, but his former battery mate Miguel Montero is hitting .500 lifetime against him with a double and HR in eight at bats.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been in the NL West cellar all season, but it hasn’t stopped them from fighting as young talent is getting plenty of playing time to close out the season. In last night’s win, rookie Jake Lamb hit his first home run and second year shortstop Didi Gregorious broke the tie with a three run homer in the eighth as the Dbacks scored five times on ten hits.
Chase Anderson gets the ball on Sunday looking to rebound from an abbreviated outing where he last just two innings allowing six runs on six hits in Washington. For the most part the rookie righty Anderson has been impressive as he enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.37 and ERA of 3.71 while posting a 7-5 record. Anderson faced the Padres once this season on May 28th allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits over five innings while picking up the win.
Neither team is especially strong on offense but Anderson’s struggles from last game could carry over and the Diamondbacks are familiar enough with Kennedy to have some success – I’ll bite on the low total.