- Arizona: The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 contests overall, which is a respectable record. They've managed to win 5 of their last 7 home games too, and they are now 74-74 over the season. A win today, would mean that the Diamondbacks stand on positive numbers which would be the first time since 25 August.
- SD Padres: The Padres are doing pretty fine. After a slow start of the season, they have really shaped up. They are 19-8 in their last 27 contests overall. On the road, it's a bit different for them as they have only managed two road wins in the last 7 road games.
- Arizona: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-2, 5.55 ERA) will take the mound for the home team. He is coming from a tough time over his last two outings, and according to himself, he has described his recent play as "unacceptable". He is 0-1 with a high 8.25 ERA over his last 3 starts.
- SD Padres: Clayton Richards (13-12, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound on Chase Field for the away team. He has been very impressive versus Arizona this year, he is 2-0 and 2.31 ERA versus Arizona. Moreover, he has a 2.91 ERA over his last 5 starts. The Padres are playing well when being backed up by Richards, as they have won his last 5 starts.
San Diego are trying to avoid a sweep, and with Richards on the mound, it looks promissing for them. The Padres are 5-0 in Richards last 5 starts, and 5-0 in his last 5 starts as underdogs. Arizona though have not enjoyed the same success with Tyler Skaggs, as they are 0-4 in Skaggs last 4 starts, and he is not in shape.
Pick: I really like the underdog play here, San Diego Padres.I feel they have the necessary advantages ahead of this encounter, with Richards taking the mound for them, that means a lot. The odds are quite generous and I see great value in the San Diego Padres play here. My pick is SD Padres. Good Luck!