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2021 MLB Handicapping
(2-0) San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (0-2)
Date: Saturday April 3, 2020
Time: 8:40 PM ET
Venue: Petco Park in San Diego, California
Projected Pitchers: Caleb Smith vs Joe Musgrove
MLB Moneyline Odds: Padres -215 | Diamondbacks +180
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Padres -1.5 (-105), Diamondbacks +1.5 (-115)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
The San Diego Padres look to secure their third straight victory and ensure a winning series to start the year against the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday.
San Diego Padres
The Padres snapped a 14-year playoff drought last season and may have their best roster in team history coming into 2021. The Padres offense is loaded from top to bottom and is picking up right where it left off in 2020.
Eric Hosmer has been torching the ball through two games. He went 3-for-3 in yesterday’s matchup and has three hits in each of his first two games. Through two games, Hosmer has two home runs, six RBI’s and is 6-7 at the plate.
The pitching has been decent for the Padres to start the season. After a shaky start to the season in the opener, Blake Snell redeemed the Padres Friday. San Diego allowed just two runs Friday and looks to keep a Diamondbacks offense that was middle-of-the-pack last season off the board.
Joe Musgrove takes the mound in Saturday’s meeting against Arizona. He finished his 2020 campaign with a 1-5 record and a 3.86 ERA.
Much like last year, the Diamondbacks pitching staff has looked suspect this season. Madison Bumgarner and Merrill Kelly were both roughed up early in their respective starts.
This has been a rough trip to Petco Park for the Diamondbacks. This has been familiar for the Diamondbacks after they won 25 games and finished last in the NL west a season ago.
Pitching and defense have been a struggle for the Diamondbacks over the last few seasons. The good news is that there could be a change Saturday from starting pitcher Caleb Smith. Smith was one of the bright spots for the Diamondbacks last season. The Diamondbacks pitcher averaged a 2.57 ERA with 15 strikeouts and a 1.29 WHIP in 2020.
Smith will have to get off to a fast start and keep the Padres off the board early. That will be the biggest key for the Diamondbacks staying in this game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
Padres are 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games.
Padres are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Diamondbacks are 12-26 in their last 38 overall.
Diamondbacks are 12-26 in their last 38 games on grass.
Over is 4-1 in Diamondbacks last 5 overall.
Over is 4-1 in Diamondbacks last 5 on grass.
Free San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Prediction:
The Padres dominated the first two games of the series, and while they should win this game, I have faith in Smith to keep things close for Arizona. Bumgarner and Kelly have struggled going back to last year while Smith seems to be on the up and up. Smith and Musgrove are fairly even with Smith holding a slight advantage. I’ll take the Diamondbacks to cover the run line.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Diamondbacks +1.5, Over 8.5
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