Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Diamondbacks vs. Padres (8/17/23) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Diamondbacks vs. Padres (8/17/23)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
August 17, 2023
Photo by: Rob Schumacher - USA Today Network

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been struggling since the All-Star Break as they are third in the NL West with a 61-60 record right now. Right-handed ace Zac Gallen takes the mound and defeated the San Diego Padres where he pitched six shutout innings and gave up four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

The San Diego Padres have been trying to get going this year and not be a major disappointment as they are currently fourth in the NL West with a 58-63 record. Veteran lefty Rich Hill will be on the mound in this game and is coming off a loss against these Arizona Diamondbacks where he threw 3.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Match Details

Fixture: Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres

Date & Time: Thursday, August 17, 9:40 p.m. EDT

Venue Petco Park in San Diego, CA

Diamondbacks vs Padres Betting Odds

TeamSpread MoneylineTotal
Arizona Diamondbacks-1.5 (+150)-108Over 8.5 (-105)
San Diego Padres+1.5 (-180)-112Under 8.5 (-115)

Odds Subject to Change**

Diamondbacks vs Padres Key Stats

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a solid team offensively as they are ninth in MLB while scoring 4.71 runs per game and a .745 team OPS. They have been playing at a decent level since the All-Star Game as they are 17th with a .718 team OPS while averaging 4.03 runs in their 30 games. Left fielder Corbin Caroll has been doing well throughout his rookie season as he has a .272/.352/.507 slash line with 21 homers, 59 RBIs, 84 runs scored and 37 stolen bases while being caught four times.

Zac Gallen has been pitching well as he is 12-5 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP while throwing 155.2 innings in 25 starts. He has been getting ahead of hitters as he has 32 walks and 165 strikeouts throughout the entire season. This will be his third start this season as he is 1-0 in 12 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on 11 hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. 

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres have been doing a decent job at the plate as they are 14th in the majors with a .739 team OPS while averaging 4.6 runs per game. They have done a decent job as in their 61 games thus far, they have posted a .249/.337/.417 team slash line while scoring 4.54 runs per game at Petco Park. Left fielder Juan Soto has been doing incredibly well as he has a .908 OPS with 24 home runs, 75 RBIs, 68 runs scored and 103 walks to 106 strikeouts. 

Rich Hill has been struggling this season as he is 7-12 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 125.1 innings of work. Hitters have been doing very well as his .278 opposing batting average is the highest since 2014. Hill faced the Padres twice this season out of the and went 0-2 in 7.1 innings and gave up eight runs on 10 hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Diamondbacks vs. Padres Prediction

When looking at these pitchers in the month of August, there is a clear divide as Zac Gallen is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA and a .221 batting average against in three starts. Compare that to Rich Hill who is 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA and a .367 opposing batting average. Arizona has been doing extremely well as they are the D-Backs are third with 124 stolen bases while San Diego are seventh with 100 stolen bases. Take the D-Backs here on the road to cover the run line. 

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