Diamondbacks at Padres Betting Preview
On Sunday afternoon, the San Diego Padres are set to host the Arizona Diamondbacks in an MLB matchup of NL West teams. This is not one of the prime-time matchups of the day, as these teams are headed in very opposite directions.
Arizona comes into this game with an overall record of just 35-77, and they have really struggled to win games on the road. The Diamondbacks have picked up a victory already in this series, but they have gone an abysmal 14-42 away from home in 2021.
San Diego is firmly in a playoff position in the NL West, but they haven’t been as dominant as expected. The Padres enter this game on Sunday with a record of 63-49, but that is good enough for just third place in the NL West.
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Pitching Sinking the Diamondbacks
It is hard to win baseball games if you can’t get outs, and that is the dilemma facing the Arizona Diamondbacks this season. Arizona has a team ERA of 5.36, but they are going to have one of their better pitchers on the mound in this game.
Madison Bumgarner is set to make this start for the Diamondbacks, and he has had plenty of success in the NL West during his career. Bumgarner has gone just 6-6 with a 4.57 ERA this season, but he is always capable of taking over a game.
Eduardo Escobar was carrying the Diamondbacks on offense for the first few months, leading the team with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. Arizona traded Escobar to the Milwaukee Brewers at the Trade Deadline, and this offense is going to struggle to score for the remainder of the year.
Padres Missing Some Offense
San Diego is currently without Jurickson Profar and Fernando Tatis Jr., and that has had a pretty significant impact on the offense. Tatis leads the team with 31 home runs and a .292 batting average, and the Padres are going to need their star shortstop for the playoff run.
The Padres have surprisingly lacked power this season, as they have blasted just 135 home runs as a team. San Diego still has enough pieces to put together a great offensive attack, but they might have to string some hits together.
Blake Snell will be on the mound for San Diego on Sunday afternoon, and the Padres need the former Cy Young Award winner to start to pitch better. Snell has gone just 5-4 with a 5.24 ERA so far this season, but this could be a great chance for him to turn his season around.
San Diego Slams Way to Victory
Even though the Padres are missing a few key offensive players in this game, they still have a massive advantage at the plate. Arizona has had a tough time getting outs all season, and this could be a big day for the San Diego offense.
Arizona just hasn’t been able to win games on the road all season, and picking up a win this weekend in San Diego has to feel like a massive achievement. Don’t expect the Diamondbacks to win another game this weekend, and this game could get ugly in a hurry.
Snell will come up big for San Diego on the mound, and he will set the tone for this matchup. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and bet on the San Diego Padres -1.5 as they cruise to victory in this game.