MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres – Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where: Petco Park in San Diego, California
Moneyline: San Diego Padres -133
Betting Total: 8 Runs
The San Diego Padres enter this game with a record of 25-25 and have lost three of their last five but have won two games in a row and are coming off a 3-2 win on Tuesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks enter this game with a record of 25-24 and have four in a row, including the first two in this series.
The San Diego Padres are listed as -132 moneyline favorites over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are in a major slump after losing four games in a row and now find themselves seven games back of the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. Arizona is 14-11 on the road and 15-14 as an underdog this season.
The Diamondbacks will send Merrill Kelly to the mound for game three of the series. Kelly is 4-4 this season with a 4.21 ERA while striking out 40 over 51 1/3 innings pitched. He is 1-1 in his two starts against the Padres while allowing an average of 3.5 runs and striking out an average of four in those games.
Eduardo Escobar leads the team in home runs with 10. Escobar and Ketel Marte are tied for the team lead in RBI with 31 apiece. Escobar and David Peralta are tied for the team lead in runs with 28 apiece. Arizona is averaging 5.04 runs per game, which ranks 11th in MLB. The Diamondbacks are allowing 4.48 runs per game, which ranks 13th in MLB.
A Year Away
The San Diego Padres are a team on the rise but may still be another year or two before they are in the playoff discussion. San Diego is 13-14 at home and 14-15 as a favorite this season.
The Padres will send Eric Lauer to the mound for game three of the series. Lauer is 2-4 this season with a 5.24 ERA while striking out 38 over 46 1/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Diamondbacks while allowing an average of 2.33 runs and striking out an average of 4.33 in those games.
Fanmil Reyes leads the team in home runs and RBI with 15 home runs and 27 RBI. Manny Machado leads the team in runs with 23. San Diego is averaging 3.75 runs per game, which ranks 27th in MLB. The Padres are allowing an average of 4.23 runs per game, which ranks ninth in the MLB.
San Diego Wins at Home
The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t playing well right now, but the Padres are playing slightly better, having won the first two games of the series. San Diego is 7-3 in its last 10 matchups with Arizona, though Arizona is outscoring the Padres by an average of 4.40 to 3.80 in those games.
The Padres are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Diamondbacks while Arizona is outscoring San Diego by an average of 3.67 to 3.00 in those contests. I look for San Diego to pick up the win in game three of the series on Wednesday.