In the third of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-15) and the San Diego Padres (13-15) at Chase Field, Chase Anderson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) and Tyson Ross (1-3, 4.15 ERA) take the mound. The Padres won the last game 6-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on FSN-SD, FSN-AZ and MLB Net.
In his most recent outing, Anderson pitched 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt (.352, 23 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Diamondbacks, Ross is 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA. He meets a solid Arizona offense that's batting .267. Wil Myers (.288, 26 Rs, 5 HRs, 19 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 4 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Arizona is a small underdog (-102) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Diamondbacks are 8-11 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +72. They have a 12-10 record SU and are 8-8 as the underdog within their division. The Diamondbacks have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Diamondbacks lead the NL in hits with 9.5 per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 25 steals. Turning to the pitching staff, the Diamondbacks don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the Padres have a nice record of 9-6 when they are favored, but are -100 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 13-11 SU and 9-3 as the favorite. One of the top road hitting teams in the NL are the Padres, who average 9.0 hits in games away from home. San Diego's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.1 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.6.
In their previous five games this season, the Padres have a 3-2 record. This game will feature Ross (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 9-10 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Padres, who have a 9-12 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks hold a 12-11 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 14-11.
San Diego has won 60% (9-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Arizona has won 67% (8-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 1-13. The Diamondbacks have a 2-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Arizona has hit 25 this season. San Diego ranks 11th with 28 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.48 per game this season. San Diego ranks sixth with 8.67 hits.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.710). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .733.
The Padres are 10-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 6-11 when they allow at least one homer.