Sunday afternoon’s finale has a pair of right-handed starters slated, with Arizona’s Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.78 ERA) facing San Diego’s Edinson Volquez (2-3, 6.89 ERA).
Will Arizona’s bats stay hot here or can San Diego cash as a home dog for our MLB picks?
Kennedy, D-Backs edged by Giants
Kennedy logged a second straight no-decision in Monday’s 6-4 defeat for Arizona to the San Francisco Giants, falling as a 117 home favorite. The 28-year-old allowed four earned runs over seven innings, while surrendering a homer to San Francisco’s Brandon Belt.
Arizona’s Martin Prado drilled one of his squad’s three long balls, hitting 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero went 0-for-4 batting cleanup, leaving three men on base.
The contest’s combined 10 runs leaped above the MLB odds ‘total’ of 8 ½, moving the OVER to 3-2 in Kennedy’s last five starts. Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler picked up his staff’s loss, giving up a pair of go-ahead runs in the eighth frame.
Volquez prevails in slugfest
Volquez notched his second straight win with Tuesday’s 13-7 triumph by San Diego over the Chicago Cubs, collecting as a 114 road dog. The ninth-year hurler gave up two homers as part of seven hits allowed, lasting 5 2/3 innings.
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin poked a homer and two doubles, driving in three runs. San Diego’s Yonder Alonso and Jedd Gyorko notched two RBIs each, uniting to hit 5-for-9.
The duel’s combined 20 runs soared OVER the ‘total’ of 10 ½ by the fifth inning, with the Padres outslugging Chicago in hits, 17-11. Arizona’s starting lineup all registered at least one hit, including Volquez coming away with a 1-for-3 night.
Back the D-Backs as short ‘chalk’
5Dimes.eu opened Kennedy as a 120 road favorite, with early action on Volquez driving the odds to minus 116. The ‘total’ was first listed at eight, with a 125 lean to the UNDER.
I am adding a ticket on Arizona and Kennedy to Sunday’s sports picks, looking for the D-Backs to cash in this finale at a low premium.
Kennedy notched two wins and a no-decision as part or last year’s four starts against San Diego. The stretch’s sole road outing saw the righty allow one run over six frames en route to collecting at minus 131 MLB odds.
Volquez has had some inconsistency, giving up six earned runs in his last 10 1/3 IP at home. San Diego went 1-3 in the veteran’s four outings last year facing Arizona, failing to find enough run support.
Arizona’s victory on Saturday moved Kirk Gibson’s club to a 10-2 mark in its last 12 road games against clubs with losing home records, while going 7-2 in the team’s last nine spots as ‘chalk’ away from home. San Diego dropped to 3-7 in its last 10 matchups as a home dog, with another loss looming in this affair.
Free Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -116 at Bet 365