The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres meet for game one of their series in Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks havenât played themselves out of the playoff race but they still have to play their way into the thick of it. The Diamondbacks are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 20-17 at home, and they are five games back in the N.L. West. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .264 with Aaron Hill hitting .300, Jason Kubel hitting .298, and Willie Bloomquist hitting .295. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.29 and the bullpen at 3.55. For game one against the Padres Arizona starts Trevor Cahill who is coming off of a loss after reeling off four consecutive wins. For the season Cahill has allowed 84 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 70 over 95.2 innings of work for a 3.67 ERA.
The San Diego Padres have the worst record of baseball but they come into this one on a rare two game winning streak. The Padres are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 14-26 on the road, and they are 15 games back in the N.L. West. As a team the Padres are hitting .233 with Carlos Quentin hitting .311, Chase Headley hitting .272, and Will Venable at .259. As a team the Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 3.63. For game one at Arizona San Diego starts Clayton Riichard who is pitching the best he has all year. For the season Richard has allowed 101 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 63 over 105 innings of work for a 3.77 ERA.
Arizona is 4-1 in their last five against the N.L. West, 43-21 in their last 64 home games, and 4-1 in Cahillâs last five starts. San Diego is 18-39 in their last 57 road games, 13-38 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record, and 2-7 in Richardâs last nine road starts. San Diego is 4-1 in Richardâs last five starts against Arizona.
Arizona is the better team here but they have had trouble against Richard but even so at home they are the choice here.