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Major League Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres Start Time Odds Free Pick

Friday night major league baseball and we will see the Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Petco Park to take on the San Diego Padres in game 1 of their 3 game series. Free Pick to follow. First pitch is scheduled for a 10:10 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.

Betting Odds

Arizona               +131
Padres                 -141

Over/ Under: 7 U -125

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a very inconsistent team so far and they are starting to show that you need more than just hitting to win in this league. they have alternated wins and losses in their last 10 games and if you follow that formula they they are in line for a win in this one. The DBacks are currently in 3rd place in the NL West. The Padres have also been an inconsistent team as neither their hitting or pitching has been all that good of late. They are currently in 4th place in the NL West, 6.5 games behind division leading Los Angeles.    

The Diamondbacks rank 6th in scoring (4.50 rpg), 7th in hitting (.262) and 15th in homers (65), while on the mound they are 26th in ERA (4.25) and 22nd in WHIP (1.33). San Diego ranks 15th in scoring (4.16 rpg), 23rd in hitting (.243) and 21st in homers (61), while on the mound they are 23rd in ERA (4.16) and 25th in WHIP (1.35). 

Getting the ball for Arizona tonight will be Robbie Ray, who is 2-2 with a 1.78 ERA in 5 starts this year, while on the road he has gone 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 3 starts. Robbie is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 1 career start vs the Mariners.

Taking the hill for the Padres tonight will be Tyson Ross, who is 4-7 with a 3.61 ERA in 14 starts this year, while at home he has gone 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA. Ross is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) vs the DBacks in his career. 

Pick: I will go with the Under in this game. Padre home game have been higher scoring this year, but I don't see this one panning out that way. Robbie Ray has been excellent this year so far as he has a 1.37 ERA on the road and the Padres don't hit lefties all that well, especially at home. Tyson Ross has not pitched well at home, but normally he does and I see him having a good showing tonight. 

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