San Diego (R Bolanos) (@2.2) vs Arizona (M Kelly) (@1.7)
03-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Arizona (M Kelly) will win

San Diego (R Bolanos) – Arizona (M Kelly) Match Prediction | 03-09-2019 21:40

Much will depend on how ASUs linebackers and safeties fare against San Diego States running game. Heck, even Week 1 didnt go down as smoothly as it should have, so no doubt, this will be a test. Expect a close contestthroughout -- and a narrow ASU win. From here on out, nothing should be easy for the Sun Devils.

It's four pitches. "It's a fastball that could be anywhere from ninety to a hundred. We've done that quite a bit, where these guys have gotten the opportunity pretty quickly. He has some swing-and-miss to all his secondary. You don't see that a lot, but that's legit with him. He's very young, limited time in Double-A.

San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks: By the Numbers

The Padres bullpen kept the team in the game as the offense continued to forget how to hit. Craig Stammen got the last out in the eighth with a strikeout of Carson Kelly. David Bednar struck out a batter but only got one out, but Matt Strahm bailed him out by not only escaping the inning but also getting two outs in the eighth inning.

He has been awful during the second half en route to posting a 6.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP through nine starts. Kelly owns a 4.91 ERA on the season. Also, his K/9 is 8.6 at home compared to just 6.1 on the road. Kelly has pitched better at home (3.82 ERA/3.85 FIP); hes given Arizona bettors solid starts in four of his last five at Chase Field.

Most of Longs staff has been in place for a while. Defensively, they run a 3-3-5 that excels in forcing turnovers. Rashaad Penny added 1,018. Behind coach Rocky Long, the Aztecs know who they are. Put simply, this team has an identity and it starts on the ground. They have posted back-to-back 11-win seasons and have wonconsecutive Mountain West conference championships. Last season the Aztecs rushed on 71.3 percent of its total plays. Overall, the Aztecs finished with the nations No. Theres no confusion within this locker room. Some haveplayed for San Diego State. Donnel Pumphrey now in his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles rushed for a nations best 2,133 yards. 7 rushing attack.

San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Projected Starting Pitchers

It's four pitches. We've done that quite a bit, where these guys have gotten the opportunity pretty quickly. You don't see that a lot, but that's legit with him. He's very young, limited time in Double-A. "It's a fastball that could be anywhere from ninety to a hundred. He has some swing-and-miss to all his secondary.

Batters strike out 14 times a game. Not sure what is going on with Renfroe and Myers, but it seems both are in major slumps. They had that with Travis, but are ignoring him. The prospects beside Tatis and Paddak struggle with the big club. They seem to want a team with speed and no power. Seems that is the way the Padres 2019 season went. They keep trading MLB players for prospects that are not MLB material. Great start, lousy pen. It may be the players or lack of development in the minors system. Lousy defense messes up pitching. Great pitching performance, no hitting. France nears 400 in the minors but 220 in the majors. Score 7, the other team scores 14. Starter gives up 5 in the first 2 innings, bullpen shuts them down but it is too late. They lost their punch with the Reyes trade and Tatis injury.

The Sun Devils will have to be better against San Diego State, which fields one of the nation's mostopportunistic defenses. -Improved protection. ASU is expected to go with the same five up front, but offensive line coach Rob Sale might work in sophomore Zach Robertson. Arizona State struggled in Week 1, giving up seven quarterback sacks and 14 tackles for loss.

San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks

The Padres best chance to win came in the bottom of the ninth inning against Archie Bradley. A walk and a single brought Wil Myers to the plate with two outs, and the outfielder delivered with an RBI single. A walk of Greg Garcia brought Nick Martini up to the plate, but the newly-acquired outfielder struck out looking to end the threat.

He had five rushes of 10-plus yards, including a 61-yard touchdown. -Rashaad Penny. The 5-11, 220-pound senior rushed for 197 yards in Week 1, earning Mountain West Player of the Week honors. "He's (also) a kick returner, so that tells you something about his hands,'' ASU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett said. "In their championship game (last season) against Wyoming, they flexed him out at wide receiver. ...He's pretty special.

The butterflies were flying around pretty quickly in Bolanos stomach, as he allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning. He also got his first career strikeout, getting Jake Lamb to whiff at a 94 MPH fastball. However, the 23-year-old settled in after that, as he pitched five more innings of shutout ball to keep the Padre in the game.

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-Stopping the run. Last season the Aztecs rushed for 250-plus yards seven times. During Grahams time in Tempe, the Sun Devils have ranked seventh, third, eighth, fourth and 10th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense. ASU coach Todd Graham comparesSan Diego States rushing game to Stanford's. Twice they topped 400. This season San Diego State features four new starters on the offensive line but the Aztecs remainphysical.