Arizona Diamondbacks (68-55) at San Diego Padres (48-77)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 18, 2018, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres +119 / Arizona Diamondbacks -129 --- Over/Under: 8
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 132 hits and 67 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 232 hits and 109 RBI. Zack Godley gets the ball, and he is 13-6 with a 4.20 ERA and 143 strikeouts this season. Godley is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a win here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Padres have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in seven straight games. The San Diego Padres have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 122 hits and 51 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Jose Pirela have combined for 201 hits and 78 RBI. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he is 7-10 with a 4.98 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Richard is 10-6 with a 4.20 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 5-1 in Godleys last 6 road starts and 9-3 in Godleys last 12 starts. The Padres are 5-21 in their last 26 home games, 2-12 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Richards last 6 starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the Padres are 4-1 in Richards last 5 home starts vs. Diamondbacks.
We're getting a cheap price with the much, much better team and a pitcher in Godley who has allowed a combined four runs in his last 21 innings. The San Diego Padres continue to be good fade material, as they find ways to lose nightly, and Richard hasn't been the toughest pitcher in the world to hit. This season, Richard is allowing a .250 batting average and has given up five or more runs in three of his last five starts. Give me the Arizona Diamondbacks.