Take Arizona (#907)
Padres manager Andy Green knows what's coming tonight for his starter, Clayton Richard. "Out of any team in baseball he is going to face this year this is probably his toughest matchup. They have guys that will handle left-handed sink. So he has a tough test in front of him. They do have guys that will look over his pitch. He had a tough time with them last year."
It's not like Richard is pitching particularly well against anybody right now, lit up by the Braves and Giants for nine runs in 12 innings over his last two starts while allowing four home runs in the process. The Padres lineup behind him isn't hitting, held to two runs or less five times in their last six games. The Padres won 1-0 last night, but they've been a terrible team to back off a win, notching back-2-back victories only one all season.
The Dbacks have been the single most profitable MLB team for their backers in early season play; an undervalued commodity from Day 1 this season. They scored 11 runs on this field in the series opener; a potent lineup in solid current form. The Padres rank #14 out of 15 NL teams in batting average against lefties, hitting just .190 against southpaws like Patrick Corbin. And if this game comes down to a battle of bullpens, the Padres bullpen ERA is more than a full run higher than that of the Dbacks, giving us a solid chance to cash this one late if the Dbacks don't blow this one open early. Take the Diamondbacks.