Padres vs. Diamondbacks Prediction
The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to roll and will have another opportunity to beat up on a National League West rival when they host the San Diego Padres tonight at 9:40 p.m. ET. Will the Diamondbacks pick up yet another victory?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, April 20, 2018
9:40 p.m. ET, Chase Field
TV: SD (FSSD); ARI (FSAZ)
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the Diamondbacks as a -130 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Diamondbacks to beat the Padres on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Padres' Ross shuts down offensively-challenged Giants
Tyson Ross allowed just an unearned run over six-plus innings Friday in the Padres' 5-1 win over the Giants. Ross was having an easy time until the seventh started with an infield single and a botched double-play ball.
He was pulled then, and fortunately, Craig Stammen was able to strand one of the two runners. Ross has a 3.50 ERA and a 14/4 K/BB ratio through three starts.
Koch to replace Walker in Diamondbacks' rotation
Matt Koch will start on Friday for the Diamondbacks against the Padres. The Diamondbacks will have to make a roster move on Friday, as Koch is currently in Triple-A Reno.
He's taking the place of Taijuan Walker, who will be shut down for the year after suffering a partially torn UCL in his right elbow that will require Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old Koch has made one appearance for the Diamondbacks in 2018, throwing two scoreless innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Padres are 5-2 in Ross' last seven road starts but are just 2-7 in his last nine outings overall.
The Diamondbacks are 10-3 in their last 13 home games versus the Padres.
I don't know what to expect from Koch and while Ross has looked good in the early going, I'm not going to bet against a red-hot Diamondbacks team. That said, despite their recent success, Arizona is not hitting. The Padres are also a weak-hitting club and Chase Field has become more of a pitcher's park in the early going now that they're using a humidor to store the baseballs. At 9 runs, I think the total is sitting too high for tonight's game.
The Pick: Padres/Diamondbacks under 9