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San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Diamondbacks (67-55) at San Diego Padres (48-76)
Date & Time Friday August 17, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: San Diego Padres +130 / Arizona Diamondbacks -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres meet Friday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 129 hits and 65 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 229 hits and 106 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 4.83 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Ray is 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA and 79 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Padres have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres have lost 15 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 120 hits and 49 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Jose Pirela have combined for 201 hits and 78 RBI. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Lucchesi is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games, 1-4 in Rays last 5 road starts and 0-6 in Rays last 6 starts. The Padres are 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games, 0-7 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 0-6 in Lucchesis last 6 starts vs. National League West. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in San Diego, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and 6-0 in Rays last 6 starts vs. Padres.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have had poor success with Ray on the mound, as they haven't won with him pitching since July 7. However, a lot of that has to do with poor run support, as Ray has been solid, allowing two or less runs in four of his last six starts. Lucchesi has been owned by Arizona this season, allowing a .271 batting average in 48 at bats with four homers. Not to mention the San Diego Padres are as cold as ice and continue to find ways to lose games. Arizona and the cheap price here is a very solid bet.

Arizona Diamondbacks -140

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