Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres and the Colorado Padres begin their weekend series at Petco Park in San Diego. The Padres are -130 favorites over the Rockies with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
It’s been a tough year for the San Diego Padres as after they were contenders all of last season they never were even a factor and are relegated to the role of spoilers when they get their chances. The Padres have lost seven games in a row, are 3-7 in their last 10, 28-38 at home and they are in last place in the National League West. As a team San Diego is hitting just .239 led by Cameron Maybin at .275, Chase Headley at .292, and Orlando Hudson at .257. As a team the Padres pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.48 with the starters at 3.74 and the bullpen at 2.98. For game one against the Rockies San Diego starts Aaron Harang who has been their best pitcher over the course of the year. For the season Harang has allowed 149 hits and 60 earned runs while striking out 102 in 137.2 innings of work.
The Colorado Rockies are playing out what has been a disappointing season where one of baseball’s most potent lineups has converted to as many wins as they have needed. The Rockies have lost their last three games, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 29-40 on the road this season. As a team Colorado is hitting .258 led by Todd Helton at .307, Troy Tulowitzki at .303, and Carlos Gonzalez at .301. As a team the Rockies pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.40 with the starters at 4.59 and the bullpen at 4.03. For game one at Petco Park Colorado starts Kevin Millwood who makes just his fifth start of the year. For the season Millwood has allowed 25 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 15 over 25.1 innings of work.
San Diego is 4-0 in their last four home games, 5-21 in their last 26 against the N.L. West, and 7-3 in Harang’s last 10 starts against a team with a losing record. Colorado is 1-5 in their last six games overall, 1-6 in their last seven road games, and 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record. Colorado has won seven of the last nine meetings of these two in San Diego.
This one looks like a battle between the pitchers and this one should stay under the total.