Padres vs. Diamondbacks: Pick Despaigne & San Diego -110 in Tonight's Series Opener

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, May 7, 2015 3:04 PM GMT

The San Diego Padres visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first of an extended 4-game weekend set.  Check this betting preview to find out where is the MLB odds value for this game.

San Diego Padres (Despaigne) (-110) at Arizona Diamondbacks (De La Rosa) 9:40 ET
The San Diego Padres visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first of an extended 4-game weekend set. These teams met earlier in San Diego with the Padres taking 2 of 3 from the D'backs on April 13-15th. Tonight's situation greatly favors the Padres on the MLB Odds board, with superior starting pitching and a unique scheduling situation.  

After a pair of postponements at Colorado and coming off a 3-game sweep at the hands of the LA Dodgers, Arizona rebounded for a double-header sweep of the Rockies by combined scores of 18-8. Combined with returning travel to Arizona, can't imagine the Arizona players being at their best for this one!  Such is true of today's starter, De La Rosa, who enters the contest with a record of 2-2 and a 5.40 ERA. De La Rosa already faced San Diego this year, recording the D'backs' only series victory on April 13th, when he worked 6 IP, allowing 3 runs in an 8-4 Arizona victory. Since that time, results have not been as positive for the right-hander, including his previous outing.  De La Rosa lasted just 5 IP vs. the Dodgers on May 1st, allowing 5 runs, including a grand slam homer in an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers.  At 12-14 for the season, Arizona may actually be overachieving. As they were 64-98 last year, including 33-48 on this field.  

San Diego broke their 22-inning scoring drought with a 9-1 win at San Francisco yesterday. That was more reminiscent of this team's improved hitting. For the season, despite playing at pitcher friendly PETCO Park, the Padres have a .695 team OPS, a major improvement from recent seasons.  At 15-14 for the season, this team is on track to record the winning season that was projected for them, after averaging 76.3 wins the last 3 years.  There is a good chance they get the victory today behind Despaigne.  For the season, he is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA.  With Brandon Morrow going on the DL, Despaigne gets a second shot in the rotation.  Look for another solid game from the right-hander, who has already led San Diego to a 5-1 victory over Arizona on April 14th.  In that game, Despaigne worked 7 IP, allowing just 1 run and 2 hits.  

Great spot for the Padres to build on the momentum of yesterday's offensive breakout!  The D'backs may not be at their best, following their doubleheader sweep and travel situation. As for this MLB pick, we clearly have the better of it on the mound with Despaigne over De La Rosa. No fear of Chase Field, where the D'backs are just 6-8 this season! 

MLB Pick: Take San Diego Padres at BetOnline

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