The Arizona Diamondbacks continue the homestand with four games against the Friars
After taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks have an opportunity to start 2017 with four-straight series wins at Chase Field.
Standing in the way is first baseman Will Myers and the San Diego Padres. Andy Green‘s team completed a short six-game homestand with a series loss to the Marlins. Last week in San Diego, the Padres took two of three games from Arizona.
Tale of the Tape:
Record: Padres (8-12) fourth in the N.L. West, Diamondbacks (12-8), second in the N.L. West.
Offense: Padres (.213/281./.367, 14th in N.L. with 63 runs scored) Diamondbacks (.265/.328/.428, first in NL with 105 runs scored),
Pitching: Diamondbacks ( 3.88 ERA, eighth in NL), Padres (4.48 ERA, 14th in NL)
The Diamondbacks are 6-2 in their last eight games against the Padres at Chase Field and 107-60 all-time.
Arizona’s 8-2 start at Chase Field is their best start at home since 2008. A win in Monday night’s series opener would tie this year’s squad with the 1999 and 2008 teams for the best 11-game home start in team history.
On the other hand, the Padres are 3-8 on the road. Eleven of their first 20 games were played away from Petco Park.
The pitchers have combined for a 5.11 road ERA compared to a 3.80 mark at home. The starters and relievers should throw the ball better at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Nevertheless, the Diamondbacks’ red hot offense probably is not a good match up for Padre pitching.
An inability to win games decided by 2-or-fewer runs was one reason the 2016 Diamondbacks finished with 69 wins.
This season, Arizona leads in the N.L. with a 6-1 record in that situation. Meanwhile, the Padres are 5-5 combined in contests decided by one- or two-runs.