MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres – Monday, May 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Monday, May 20, 2019
Where: Petco Park in San Diego, California
Moneyline: San Diego Padres -133
Betting Total: 7 Runs
The San Diego Padres will look to right their sinking ship at home Monday night as they will open a three-game set against a division rival, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks Tough On Road
Arizona comes into play Monday with the best road record in the National League at 14-9. They will send Luke Weaver to the mound, who is looking to notch his fourth straight quality start. He is 1-1 in the previous three starts with a 2.25 ERA and is holding opponents to a stingy .183 batting average.
He has been great on the road too, going 3-0 with a microscopic 0.98 ERA. In four career starts against San Diego, Weaver is 2-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
The D-Backs are led offensively by David Peralta, with a .317 batting average. Third baseman Eduardo Escobar leads the team with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. As a team, Arizona is third in the National League with a .256 batting average. They have scored the second-most runs in the league, behind only NL West leader Los Angeles.
Padres Hope For Turnaround
Since the Padres climbed to six games above .500 in April to take the NL West Lead, their record is seven games below .500, and they have lost six of their last seven games. The Padres’ record is 11-13 at home. They will turn to rookie Chris Paddack to put out the fire. Paddack has been spectacular this year, going 3-2 with a ridiculous 1.99 ERA.
While Paddack has had great numbers, he is coming off his worst start of the year in which he gave up six runs on five hits in 4.2 innings against the Dodgers. He has made one other start against Arizona, in which he gave up one run on three hits in 5.1 innings on April 12.
Offense has been an issue for the Padres, in particular getting on base. Their on-base percentage of .287 is second-lowest in the National League. San Diego is led by first baseman Eric Hosmer, with a .284 batting average. Outfielder Franmil Reyes leads the team with 14 home runs and 25 RBI. Their team batting average is .227, good for 12th in the NL. They have also scored the 12th most runs in the National League, with 178.
This is a tough one to pick. Both starting pitchers are throwing well, and have had success against the other team. However, I’m going to go with the Diamondbacks in this one. I feel like San Diego’s offense has not been the same since the injury to phenom shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.