San Diego Padres vs. Houston Astros
The Houston Astros and San Diego Padres meet for game one of their series in Houston.Â The Astros are -120 favorites over the Padres in tonights game with an over/under total of 8.5 runs.
The Houston Astros are off to another rough April as they are already five games out and look to be in a tailspin. The Astros have been outscored 55-71 thus far but they are hitting a solid .276 as a team. Angel Sanchez is hitting .383, Hunter Pence is hitting .300, and Brett Wallace is at .256. The Houston Pitching staff has an ERA of 5.34 with the starters at 5.78 and the bullpen at 4.50. For game one against San Diego Houston starts Bud Norris who makes his third start of the season. Thus far Norris has allowed 11 hits and nine runs while striking out 13 in 10 innings of work.
The San Diego Padres are struggling with the bats again this season and when the arms aren’t getting it done by themselves, the Pads aren’t winning. San Diego has been outscored 39-40 and as a team they are hitting just .213 which is 29th in the Majors this year. Nick Hundley is hitting .406, Orlando Hudson is hitting .317, and Chase Headley and Cameron Maybin are both at .243. As a team the Padres pitching staff has an ERA of 3.13 with the starters at 2.88 and the bullpen is at 3.49. For game one in Houston San Diego starts Dustin Moseley who has yet to get a win this year. Thus far this year Moseley has allowed 12 hits and four runs while striking out three in 13 innings of work.
Houston is 6-18 in their last 24 overall, 2-7 in their last nine home games against a right-handed starter, and 0-6 in their last six games one of a series. San Diego is 4-7 in their last 11 against the NL Central, 2-5 in their last seven games overall, and 1-4 in their last five road games against a team with a losing record. San Diego has won five of the last seven meetings of these two but just two of the last eight in Houston.
Moseley has been this year’s tough luck loser and while I’m not expecting the bats to do much to help him, the Padres are the choice until Houston shows us the ability to get quality performances from anyone other than Brett Myers.
San Diego Padres Even over Houston Astros