San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
The San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies finish of their series at Petco Park on Sunday. The Padres are -120 favorites over the Rockies with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The San Diego Padres are slipping further into the cellar of the National League West and they are on the verge of being swept by Colorado as they head into the series finale on Sunday. On Saturday Jesus Guzman had two hits and scored twice, Alberto Gonzalez had a hit and drove in three runs, and and Ryan Ludwick had a hit and drove in two runs as the Padres scored six runs off of just four hits and five walks. Starter Aaron Harang didn’t have it on Saturday as he allowed six hits and six earned runs while striking out six over 5.2 innings of work taking his third loss of the year. For Sunday’s finale San Diego starts Wade LeBlanc who has lost his only two decisions this season. For the year LeBlanc has allowed 23 hits and nine earned runs while striking out five over 15.2 innings of work.
The Colorado Rockies won on Saturday but that was overshadowed by the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland. On Saturday Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three RBI’s, Eliezer Alfonzo had a hit and five RBI’s, and Dexter Fowler added two hits as the Rockies had 12 hits and 10 runs for the game. On the mound Jimenez got the start but was replaced after just one inning in which he allowed two hits and four runs after walking four batters as it was Esmil Rogers who got the win after pitching five innings allowing just one hit and one earned run while striking out four. For Sunday’s game Colorado starts Juan Nicasiowho has lost two of his last three decisions. For the season Nicasio has allowed 64 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 47 in 63.2 innings of work.
San Diego is 1-4 in their last five games, 2-12 in their last 14 games against the NL West, and 0-4 in LeBlanc’s last four starts. Colorado is 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left handed starter, 6-20 in their last 26 game three of a series, and 104 in Nicasio’s last four road starts. Colorado is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in San Diego.
While Petco is a pitcher’s park, the hitters seem to be having their way this series. I’m taking the over 7.5 runs here.