San Diego Padres (54-85) at Arizona Diamondbacks (74-63)
|Date & Time||Monday September 3, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -250 / San Diego Padres +210 --- Over/Under: 9
FS-Arizona, FS-San Diego
The San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks will lock up in game one of a mini two game NL West division set from Chase Field in MLB action on Monday.
The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after having to settle for a split in their series with Colorado following a 7-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Franmil Reyes led the Padres with two RBIs, while A.J. Ellis went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out San Diego’s scoring in the loss. Manuel Margot added a double while Freddy Galvis, Luis Urias and Hunter Renfroe each added a base hit in the losing effort. Jacob Nix took the loss, falling to 2-3 this season after allowing five runs on five hits while striking out four over six innings of work. Bryan Mitchell will start game one and is 0-3 with a 7.08 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. This will be Mitchell’s first career start against Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to rebound as well after losing their third straight 3-2 decision to the Dodgers, dropping their division set with L.A. Daniel Descalso hit a solo home run while Alex Avila added a double and an RBI to round out Arizona’s scoring in the loss. Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 3 and A.J. Pollock added a base knock of his own as Arizona mustered up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Clay Buchholz allowed one run on four hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Brad Boxberger took the loss, falling to 2-5 this season. Zack Godley will start the opener and is 14-7 with a 4.42 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. In his career, Godley is 3-3 with a 5.23 ERA and 56 strikeouts against San Diego.
San Diego is 2-5 in Mitchell’s last 7 starts and 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-0 in Mitchell’s last 4 starts. Arizona is 6-1 in Godley’s last 7 starts against a team with a losing record and 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 games overall. San Diego is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The problem with San Diego in this matchup, is that even though the Padres showed signs of life against Colorado, the Padres still aren’t a good baseball team, and are sending Mitchell to the mound for a spot start and he has allowed 15 runs in his last 16.1 innings over five relief appearances, his last of which came in June. Arizona struggled against the Dodgers, but I think against Mitchell this is a spot where the offense comes to life so I’ll back Arizona on the run line to get the job done on Monday.