It seems that every time the Arizona Diamondbacks are ready to "get even," so to speak, in their won-lost record, they take a step back. And now they are on the verge of losing a spot in the standings to the San Diego Padres as these teams suit up for baseball betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:10 PM ET at Petco Park in San Diego. Keep in mind that even after the opening pitch is thrown, BetAnySports customers can wager on props while the game is in progress through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
Two pitchers whom more was expected of will take the mound, as Jeremy Hellickson of the D-Backs (5-4, 4.94 ERA) goes up against Andrew Cashner of the Padres (2-9, 4.55).
The Diamondbacks are 35-38 and are six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, while the Padres are 36-40, 6.5 games back. So a San Diego victory would propel them past the D-Backs in the standings, for what it's worth.
Arizona lost at Colorado on Thursday when facing an opportunity to get to the .500 mark, and that was the eleventh straight time they have lost when they had a chance to get their record even, which is an interesting trend indeed.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Padres are rated the edge at home:
San Diego Padres (Cashner) -130
Arizona Diamondbacks (Hellickson) +120
Over 6.5 runs -115
Under 6.5 runs -105
The Padres have actually won on five of the last seven occasions Hellickson - the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 with Tampa Bay - has taken the hill, and in those games he has pitched rather well. In fact, over his last 40-2/3 innings, he has surrendered just 35 hits and 18 earned runs. And that includes a "clunker" against the Dodgers on June 10, when he was yanked two outs into the fourth. But when you look at these last seven starts, six of them have been serviceable at the very least.
The Padres have a 4-11 record when Cashner is on the mound. And he hasn't been nearly as solid as Hellickson. In fact, he has surrendered 24 earned runs in his last 26 innings. Each of his last six starts have resulted in a game that went over the total.
Here's what might be of special interest to those betting this game at BetAnySports, however: when he has operated with a full five days of rest, Cashner has been more effective, or at least so it seems. He has posted a 2.63 ERA in four starts in that situation, primarily because six of the 13 runs he has allowed have been unearned. But the other side of the coin is that the opposition has posted a higher batting average (.277 to .275) and on base percentage (.337 to .329) against him when he's had five days' rest instead of four, and his strikeout-walk ratio has been much less imposing (2.13 to 3.33).
Admittedly that is a small sampling, but here is something else that is kind of intriguing: his record at home is 0-5, but he's averaged a sizzling 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings and the K-BB ratio is 5.75. Of course, opponents have also hit .301 against him at home.
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