Opening Week: Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres: Preview, Prediction & Best Bet-7/25/2020

By Drew Modjeski 

2-0 never felt so good! It was a close one last night as it took extra innings for the Athletics to win, but a Matt Olson grand slam in the bottom of the 10th sent us all to bed winners last night. I am the master of betting games on the west coast, so I am going to stay there for this one tonight. The Padres took the season opener last night by a score of 7-2, so the Diamondbacks are looking to even this series up tonight in San Diego. 

Money Line- Arizona Diamondbacks +115, San Diego Padres -132

Run Line- Arizona Diamondbacks +1 (-130), San Diego Padres -1 (+110) 

Total- 8 (O -113, U -106) 

First Pitch- 8:10 p.m. CST. Petco Park, San Diego, California 

Arizona Diamondbacks 

It was a rough outing for the Diamondbacks last night. The offense was quiet most of the night, and the pitching left a lot to be desired. Madison Bumgarner was rolling through the first five innings before he let up three earned runs before being pulled in the sixth inning. The bullpen could not keep the game close as they let up four more runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. 

Robbie Ray gets his first start of the season, and he has been the most consistent pitcher on the Diamondbacks over the past few years. His 4.34 ERA was his worst ERA since the 2016 campaign, and Ray only has one season with an ERA over five. That came in his first season in the MLB, so safe to say that Ray has only been getting better and better. 

San Diego Padres 

Eric Hosmer was the hero for the Padres last night as he went 3-4 all of which were doubles, and drove in six of the Padres seven runs. The rest of the offense was pretty quiet as no other players had multi-hit games, and only six players recorded a hit at all. The Padres cannot rely on one guy to carry them each game, and are going to need a more team effort if they want the wins to keep coming. 

On the mound for the Padres today is going to be Dinelson Lamet. Lamet has made 35 career starts over two separate stints in the MLB, and he has been pretty solid so far with a career ERA of 4.37. He didn’t face off against the Diamondbacks at all, and hasn’t faced them since a 7-13 loss in September of 2017. I’m not going to hold an almost three-year-old start against Lamet, as the Diamondbacks lineup has changed a lot since then. For the Padres to win this one Lamet is going to need to go five to six innings, so he will have to get used to this new Diamondbacks lineup fast. 

Analysis and Prediction 

Ultimately, I see Robbie Ray and the Diamondbacks evening the series up tonight. While Lamet has been good so far in his career, he is still inexperienced against this Diamondbacks lineup, so I expect them to get to him early. Take the Diamondbacks on the money line at +115. 

Drew’s 2020 MLB Record: 2-0

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