Every team in the MLB wants to be a winner, but each of them has a different way of trying to achieve their goals. Some are willing to go through a number of down years as they rebuild through younger talent, while others are more than happy to throw a ton of money to fill the gaps and try to win immediately. The Arizona Diamondbacks threw themselves firmly into the latter category by throwing money at free agents during the off season. The Diamondbacks already had a few nice pieces in place, and it was believed that the addition of some big names, especially to the starting rotation, would help this team compete immediately. Things aren’t quite going to plan at the moment, but Arizona has a chance to break out against Division rival San Diego, who are also off to a very shaky start to the season. They will hook up for a weekend series, including a Saturday night game in San Diego. You can bet on all the MLB betting lines action at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Diamondbacks Vs Padres MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 16 at 8:40 PM EST
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Starting Pitchers: Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller (0-1) vs Padres: Andrew Cashner (0-1)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks
The two biggest free agent signings for the Diamondbacks (3-7) this offseason were Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, but so far, neither of those two pitchers have been able to register a win in 3 attempts. Miller will get his second attempt to get a win on Saturday, which both he and his team need in order to start heading in the right direction. You get the sense that both of these guys may be feeling the weight of their contracts right now, but most people still believe that they will find their way as the season progresses. Arizona are coming into this one on back to back losses to the Dodgers, and need a win in the worst way. Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.18 ERA) will hit the mound on Saturday.
Why bet on the San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres (3-7) have suffered a similar fate to that of the Diamondbacks in the early stages of the season, and they too are in desperate need of a win. The Padres are coming off a 4-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, where they won the opening game, and then proceeded to lose the next 3. Offense is the main issue for San Diego right now, as they have been shut out no less than 5 times already this season. Strangely enough, they had back to back wins against the Colorado Rockies where they scored 29 runs, which suggests there is some pop in the line-up. Andrew Cashner (0-1, 8.00 ERA) will start for the Padres.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
San Diego is a place where the Diamondbacks have had a little success in recent years, as they are 10-9 there over the past 3 seasons. I think they will add to that record with a win there on Saturday night.
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