Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/12/14
San Diego Padres (67-78) at Arizona Diamondbacks (59-87)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Eric Stults (L) (6-16) (4.549) vs. Vidal Nuno (L) (2-10) (4.093)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -123 / San Diego Padres +113 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSD, FSAZ
The Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres for game one of a three game weekend series in the NL West.
The San Diego Padres were idle on Thursday after losing each of their last two NL West road series against the Rockies and Dodgers. The Padres rank last in the league in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and runs scored as the pitching is way ahead of the hitting for San Diego. Seth Smith is the team’s best hitter with a .270 average and 12 home runs while Jedd Gyorko leads the team with 49 RBI’s and Yangervis Solarte is a nice young piece at 3B as the team looks to the future.
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The Padres will start veteran left-hander Eric Stults for the series opener on Friday in Arizona. Stults has had more than his share of struggles this season entering this contest with a WHIP of 1.40 and ERA of 4.55 while posting a record of 6-16. Stults relies on command more than speed so when he’s not hitting his spots it can turn into batting practice quickly. Stults has struggled away from home with a 4.86 ERA on the road over 16 starts and has been serviceable against the Diamondbacks with a 3.97 ERA over two starts and 11.1 innings of work.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost six straight games after being swept on the road against the Dodgers and Giants while failing to score more than two runs in any of the losses. In Thursday’s 6-2 loss, Randall Delgado had a short day allowing three runs on seven hits over just four innings to take the loss as reliever Matt Stites allowed three more as well. The offense managed nine hits but lacked efficiency in converting as Mark Trumbo had an RBI, rookie Jake Lambo hit his third home run of the season, and Cliff Pennington and Chris Owings each had two hits in the loss.
Vidal Nuno will take the mound for the Diamondbacks on Friday in search of his first win since coming to the NL. Nuno has been up and down but shown promise as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.22 and ERA of 4.37 (combined in both leagues) while going 0-5 in 11 starts with Arizona. The lefty Nuno excelled in his previous start against the Padres allowing just two runs on two hits over 7.1 innings of work on August 23rd.
Neither team is in form right now but I will side with the home team given the marginally better starter on the mound.