Free MLB Picks Today: Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres 9/16/22

Free MLB Picks Today: Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres 9/16/22
Fri 16th September 2022

Jake McCarthy will be looking to extend his 18-game on-base streak as the Arizona Diamondbacks (-110) host the San Diego Padres (-110) at Chase Field on Friday. The early total has been set at 8.5 (O: -115 | U: -105). The Diamondbacks (68-75) took Thursday’s series opener 4-0, their fifth head-to-head victory in 16 games this season. Starter Drey Jameson threw seven scoreless innings to get the win. Ketel Marte went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in the win. Emmanuel Rivera added a solo home run. Brandon Drury was 2 for 3 with a double for the Padres (78-66).


Blake Snell (6-9, 3.73 ERA) is set to start for San Diego. The southpaw allowed five runs over four innings in his last start, an 8-4 road defeat against the Dodgers on Saturday. He took the loss, scattering seven hits while striking out five and walking three. Snell has made one previous start against the Diamondbacks this season, a 5-0 home loss on September 5. He surrendered one run on four hits over six innings, striking out 10 and walking one. For Arizona, left-hander Madison Bumgarner (6-14, 4.83 ERA) will take the mound. He has made four appearances against the Padres this season, all as the starter, giving up 13 runs (10 ER) over 17 innings (0-3, 5.29) with 14 strikeouts and 11 walks.In his last start on Saturday, Bumgarner took the loss on the road against the Rockies. He threw six innings and gave up four runs on six hits, striking out two and walking three in the 4-1 defeat.


Over the last five games, San Diego has averaged only 1.8 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.3, while performing worse across the board (.200/.250/.303). Against lefties like Bumgarner this season, the Padres have a .699 OPS. Drury is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a .928 OPS in 129 at-bats. Arizona is averaging only 4.2 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.4 for the season. The D-backs have a .669 OPS against left-handers in 2022. With a .887 OPS over 120 at-bats, Marte has been their best hitter against left-handers.


San Diego is 40-35 in road games in 2022, scoring 4.8 runs per game while allowing 4.6 runs. Arizona has gone 39-36 at Chase Field this season, averaging 4.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. San Diego is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings at Chase Field with an average scoreline of 4.3-3.5.


The Padres are second in the NL West, 21 games behind the division-leading Dodgers. They currently occupy one of the Wild Card spots, sitting third with a magic number of zero. The Diamondbacks are fourth in the NL West, 30 games behind the Dodgers. They are sixth in the Wild Card race, nine games out of a postseason position.

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San Diego Padres (-175)

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