The Major League Baseball schedule-makers did the San Diego Padres no favors. They had to finish up a series in Atlanta on Monday night and then fly all the way back across country to open a three-game home set vs. NL West rival Arizona on Tuesday. The Snakes are likely to be slight Pro Baseball betting favorites.
Arizona at San Diego Pro Baseball Betting Preview & Game Info
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 17, 2017
When: Tuesday, April 18, 10:10 p.m. ET
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Probable pitchers (away/home): Shelby Miller/Jarred Cosart
TV: MLB Extra Innings
Opening MLB Lines: Arizona favored TBA
Why Bet On Arizona?
The Diamondbacks were finishing off a series at the Dodgers on Monday and that’s just a very short flight to San Diego. Star Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for- 4 with an RBI single in Sunday’s win over the Dodgers. With the Diamondbacks holding a tight 2-1 advantage, Goldschmidt came through with an insurance run via an RBI single in the seventh inning. The All-Star first baseman is slashing .277/.393/.468 with two homers, six RBIs and three steals in 47 at-bats through the first two weeks of the season.
The D-backs, with runners in scoring position, lead the Majors with a .340 average (33-for- 97) and are tied for second with 42 RBI. With two outs, they lead the Majors with a .293 average (41-for- 149). They have 10 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer, 19 RBI, 15 walks.
D-backs starters are 5-5 with 4 quality starts, a 3.78 ERA (32 R-28 ER in 66.2 IP) and a .263 opponents average (70-for- 266) with 30 walks and 56 strikeouts. D-backs starters have worked 6.0-plus innings 5 times and 5.0-or- more innings 11 times. Among NL teams, the D-backs rank sixth in ERA (3.78).
It’s Shelby Miller (1-1, 5.06) here. Miller held the Giants scoreless for four innings in his last start before a three-run fifth spelled the end of his night and led to a 6-2 loss. Miller pitched around a leadoff double in the first inning and in the second he overcame an error, a balk and a wild pitch to strike out Matt Cain to end that inning with runners at second and third. Cain, though, would get his revenge in the fifth when he doubled with one out in the frame, touching off the three-run rally.
“I think it’s been very consistent,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Miller’s stuff. “He was really in command of this game. I know that the one inning slipped away from him a little bit, but after a mound visit and a couple of the things that took place to slow the game down for him, he really recognized how to get back on the attack, and that was really crucial for us.”
Why Bet On San Diego?
The Padres were trying to avoid a four-game sweep in Atlanta on Monday. Third baseman Ryan Schimpf slugged his third home run of the season Sunday in the Padres’ loss to the Braves. It was a solo shot in the second inning off Braves starter Bartolo Colon — the only run Colon allowed over his seven strong frames. Schimpf also drew two walks and finished the game with two runs scored. With another walk in the eighth against Braves reliever Ian Krol, Schimpf upped his Major League-leading total to 13.
“He works walks, and he still does damage when he gets a pitch in the zone,” said Padres manager Andy Green. “Very professional at-bats. Not everyone’s going to be Ryan Schimpf. There’s going to be a freeness to the swing of Hunter Renfroe. We want him still to be Hunter Renfroe. But the more we can get these guys to shrink the strike zone, be aggressive within their zone where they do damage, the better off we’;re going to be as a club.”
The Padres go with Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86). Cosart made the most of his fill-in start, tossing four scoreless in Colorado last time out and earning himself a more permanent spot in the rotation as Luis Perdomo deals with shoulder inflammation.
According to data at brooksbaseball.net, 11 of Cosart’s 70 pitches were sliders. Only four went for strikes and just one induced a swing-and- miss, but the fact that he threw more than a handful while collecting seven groundouts counted as a good sign.
“I just felt like I had a lot more command of it than I did my curveball,” Cosart said. “For it being new, it’s exciting. This next bullpen, I can play with it, what I do with two strikes.”
Cosart has added that biting slider to his arsenal this year. He’s coming off offseason surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, which slowed him during Spring Training. Ultimately, Cosart missed out on the rotation during the final week of camp.
Arizona at San Diego Pro Baseball Betting Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks
Miller has great stuff and looks like he’s improving upon a disappointing 2016 season. Go Arizona here.