The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks square off on Wednesday with first pitch set for 3:40 p.m. EST. The game takes place at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. San Diego will have Mike Clevinger on the hill while the home team will see Madison Bumgarner take the ball.
The Padres come into this game just 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings, but they’re losing ground. The Friars have dropped three straight games and four of their last five. In the series opener against Arizona yesterday, they lost a one-run game by a score of 8-7. Clevenger has been solid, but he doesn’t tend to go deep into ball games. He has just one game out of his last seven appearances where he’s gone over 5 innings.
The D-Backs sit well back of the Dodgers and Padres, 12 games off the top of the division. Still, they’ve won two straight after a brutal five-game losing streak, which included a sweep at the hands of the Padres. Arizona has won just 11 of their last 30 games. Bumgarner has faced San Diego twice as a starter this season and has failed to get out of the fifth inning either time. He’s allowed five earned runs in just seven total frames against the Friars this year.
Padres vs. Diamondbacks
Pitchers: Mike Clevenger vs. Madison Bumgarner
First pitch: 3:40 p.m. EST
Padres local broadcast: Bally Sports San Deigo
Diamondbacks local broadcast: Bally Sports Arizona
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Padres -1.5
Run total: 8.5
Moneyline odds: Padres -135, Diamondbacks +115
Moneyline pick: Padres -135
Despite losing to Arizona in the series opener, the Padres just swept the D-Backs last week. Bumgarner also hasn’t found much success against San Deigo this season and the Friars hold a 6-2 season series lead over their division rival in 2022.
Player prop pick: Alek Thomas over 0.5 home runs (+750)
This one is a bit of a long shot, but it has the potential to hit big. Thomas is hitting .260 with just six home runs on the season. But the outfielder hit his most recent home run last week against the Padres. The pitcher he hit it off? Well, it was Clevenger, of course. In two career at-bats against Clevenger, Thomas has that bomb and a single. The Padres pitcher has allowed at least one home run in three of his last four appearances.
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