San Diego Padres (8-14) at Arizona Diamondbacks (14-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 22, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -160 / San Diego Padres +140 --- Over/Under: 8
FS-Arizona, FS-San Diego
We have some NL West division MLB action on Sunday, as the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their three game set from Chase Field.
The San Diego Padres will look to win the series after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-2, evening the set up at one win apiece. Franchy Cordero accounted for both San Diego runs, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Christian Villanueva and Carlos Asuaje each went 2 for 4 at the dish, while Jose Pirela, Freddy Galvis and Chase Headley each contributed base hits as well in the losing effort. Clayton Richard took the loss, falling to 1-2 this season after allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six over five innings of work. Joey Lucchesi will start the finale and is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s first career start against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be hoping to string together some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last seven games, including their game two victory on Saturday. A.J. Pollock led the D-Backs with two RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a homer. Deven Marrero added a solo shot of his own, while Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 with a triple, a double and an RBI. Starting pitcher Zack Godley and Daniel Descalso each added RBIs as well to round out the scoring for Arizona in the win, while John Ryan Murphy and Chris Owings contributed base hits to the winning effort. Godley got the win, improving to 3-1 this season after giving up both runs on six hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work. Patrick Corbin will start game three and is 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA and 76 strikeouts against San Diego.
San Diego is 9-19 in their last 28 games overall and 2-8 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 division matchups. Arizona is 5-0 in Corbin’s last 5 home starts and 24-5 in their last 29 home games against a left-handed pitcher while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. San Diego is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
The plus money is tempting, considering how well Lucchesi has pitched to start the year. However, Corbin has been equally as good, and has a consistent offense that’’s capable of scoring, which is more than we can say about San Diego at times. It’s one of the heavier lines on Sunday, but it’s one worth playing as I think the Diamondbacks win this one and the series in the process.