WHIP, 15 strikeouts) LINE: Padres favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres on Friday. The Diamondbacks went 38-38 in division play in 2019. Arizona pitchers had a WHIP of 1.31 last season while striking out 8.8 hitters per game.
A series win in Colorado, in which they scored 32 runs in three games, has given the Arizona Diamondbacks a much-needed jolt of confidence as they get set to open a three-game set Friday with another winning team in their own division, the San Diego Padres. A head-to-head series with the Padres, who are in third place in the National League West, gives the fourth-place D-backs a chance to gain ground.
Josh Rojas continues to have a breakout season, having been called upon to stop the bleeding in right field. Should things continue on this path, Rojas will get consideration for NL Rookie of the Year. Zac Gallen continues to shine in the simulation, much the same way he has been doing in real life.