The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres conclude a three-game series at Petco Park and the first half of the season. The Padres want a sweep on Sunday following a 5-3 and 4-3 win. They’re coming off a close win, with credit to the bullpen for holding things down after Sean Manaea exited the contest with 3 runs allowed.
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Yu Darvish followed up yesterday afternoon with 5 hits and 3 earned runs allowed in 7 innings of work. Darvish could be better, but it was enough for the offense and bullpen to carry the Padres to their 52nd win of the season. A 3-run shot from Luke Voit was the difference.
At 52-41 on the season, the Padres are better prepared to compete for the wildcard in the National League. That’s way more realistic than catching the Dodgers, who are clear and likely not looking back now.
The Padres in the postseason as a healthy team look dangerous on paper. That includes Fernando Tatis Jr. He must be active for the Padres to get over the hump. It may also require an additional bat added before the trade deadline, which is a good possibility.
Even then, the Diamondbacks have to deal with the Dodgers and Padres. The Giants are still a good team as well. Just don’t see them keeping up with those two in the next few years.
The Diamondbacks are 21.5 games behind the Dodgers and 39-52 in the NL West. They are dead last and 2.5 games behind the fourth-place Rockies.
Merrill Kelly gets the final start before the All-Star Game for the Snakes. Former Guardian, Mike Clevinger is scheduled to have the start for the Padres. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Padres prediction on July 17, 2022.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres Live Betting Odds:
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+1.5 (-160)||+130||7.5 (-105)|
|San Diego Padres||-1.5 (+135)||-155||7.5 (-115)|
|Team Data||Arizona Diamondbacks||San Diego Padres|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.225||.222|
|Runs Per 9||4.25||4.42|
|Team ERA Away/Home||4.93||3.45|
Diamondbacks vs. Padres Prediction:
Merrill Kelly hasn’t been flashy this season, but he’s steadily getting the work done for the Diamondbacks. He’s done what they’ve asked of him in 2022. Kelly enters Petco Park with an ERA of 3.36 and a 1.22 WHIP.
In his previous three starts, he’s posted an ERA of 3.26 and a 0.98 WHIP. He hasn’t strayed too far away from his season ERA. In 38 innings on the road, Kelly owns a 3.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
It’s the bullpen that has the main antagonist for the Diamondbacks. They rank towards the back of the major leagues with a 4.37 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
The Diamondbacks’ offense hasn’t helped carry the load, either. They are 28th in the majors with a team average of .223.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 2-8
- 9-27 overall in their previous 36 games on a Sunday
- 1-9 overall in their previous ten games versus the Padres
- 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at San Diego
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games on the road
- 14-50 overall in their previous 64 games on the road versus a team with a winning record
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 5-2 overall in their previous seven games versus a team with a losing record
- 9-1 overall in their previous ten games versus the Diamondbacks
- 7-0 overall in their previous seven games versus the Diamondbacks at home
- OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games at home
- OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven games versus a team with a losing record
Mike Clevinger is coming off a couple of poor starts, but should look good against a team he dominated not too long ago. Clevinger allowed 4 earned runs to the Mariners, and then 4 more against the Rockies. It’s not easy pitching at Coors Field, so not bad with that considered.
The Diamondbacks failed to record a run and notched just 1 hit in the loss. The 31-year-old is well aware of how to fool this lineup.
San Diego looks like the play to win and complete the sweep at home this afternoon.