Expert Cappers Picks
Major League Baseball
Arizona at San Diego
When: 3:40 PM ET, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California

After losing back-to-back games in similar fashion, the Arizona Diamondbacks hope to change the script Wednesday against the host San Diego Padres. Arizona is looking to avoid a sweep after losing the first two contests on sixth-inning home runs by the Padres, who have pulled into a second-place tie with the Diamondbacks in the National League West.

San Diego first baseman Eric Hosmer belted a two-run homer in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory while closer Kirby Yates struck out the side in the ninth for his 19th save. The Padres moved a game over .500 but need more production from outfielder Wil Myers, who was batting .303 through his first 81 plate appearances but has 10 hits in his last 67 at-bats with 35 strikeouts over that stretch. Arizona has lost four in row and could be without David Peralta in the series finale after the outfielder was removed from Tuesday’s game due to right shoulder soreness. Eduardo Escobar and John Ryan Murphy each homered in the loss for the Diamondbacks, who have scored a total of five runs in their last three games.

TV: 3:40 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, FS San Diego

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Merrill Kelly (4-4, 4.21 ERA) vs. Padres LH Eric Lauer (2-4, 5.24)

Kelly evened his record after allowing six hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings against San Francisco last Friday. “He’s pounding the strike zone, especially these last couple of starts, and he’s seeing the results,” outfielder Adam Jones told reporters. “It’s fun to play behind him because he works fast and throws strikes.” The 30-year-old rookie is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two previous starts versus San Diego covering 11 innings.

Lauer received a no-decision last Thursday after holding Pittsburgh to two runs (one earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 23-year-old native of Ohio has not pitched a full six innings in any of his past five starts. Ketel Marte is 6-for-11 with two home runs against Lauer, who gave up three runs in five innings in a loss to Arizona on April 14 and owns a 1-2 record and 3.38 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks.


1. Yates has faced 38 batters over his last nine games and recorded 23 strikeouts.

2. Arizona placed Wilmer Flores on the 10-day injured list with a bruised right foot and recalled fellow INF Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno.

3. San Diego C Francisco Mejia (knee) began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday and went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.

PREDICTION: Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Arizona 25-24 L4 11-13 14-11 4-3 8-5 7-12 6-4
San Diego 25-24 W2 13-14 12-10 6-4 4-7 13-13 2-0
Last Meeting
Arizona San Diego
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/21/19 ARI 2 SD 3 .161 2 .516 .148 1 .438
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona D. Peralta .419 13 1.195
San Diego F. Tatis Jr. .320 8 1.077
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona K. Marte 2 5 4
San Diego F. Tatis Jr. 3 4 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 4.04 .256 88
San Diego 4.28 .218 84
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Arizona D. Peralta .309 59 .881
San Diego E. Hosmer .279 51 .774
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Arizona E. Escobar 11 29 32
San Diego F. Reyes 15 21 27
Pitching ERA Avg K
Arizona 4.13 .253 445
San Diego 3.94 .225 434