Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.20 ERA) and James Shields (3-0, 3.72 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-14) and the San Diego Padres (15-15) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 11-0 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and can be seen on FSN-SD and FSN-AZ.
Hellickson pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-4 defeat to the Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt (.346, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs, 6 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Shields is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA against the Diamondbacks in his career. He is up against a good Arizona offense that's batting .269. Derek Norris (.311, 16 Rs, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
San Diego takes on Arizona as a -126 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of -28 and a record as the underdog of 8-11. Arizona has recorded a disappointing 2-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 24 bases. Turning to the pitchers, the Diamondbacks are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of zero and an impressive record of 9-6 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 9-3 record against NL West foes, and a 13-10 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.8 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Padres are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the NL with 8.9 hits per game. The Padres average 4.4 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL West is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.7 against division foes.
The Diamondbacks have an 8-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shields takes the mound. Hellickson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 9-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are 12-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Padres are 13-11 against their division.
Arizona earned its third shutout of the season in its last game. San Diego has been shut out five times this season.
The Diamondbacks are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Padres are 0-2 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Diamondbacks have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 9-2. The Padres have an 11-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth in runs, Arizona has earned 129 this season. San Diego ranks fifth with 140 runs.
Ranking 21st, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 73 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 80.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 11-3. When the Padres hit at least one homer, they have a 9-6 record.