James Shields (12-6, 3.80 ERA), attempting to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, is on the hill for the San Diego Padres (69-80) as they square off against Kyle Kendrick (6-12, 6.15 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (63-85) in the last of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Rockies won the last game 10-2 and Colorado leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 20 and can be seen on RTRM and FSSD.
Kendrick pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 win over the Mariners. Nolan Arenado (.288, 90 Rs, 39 HRs, 114 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and two RBIs. Shields went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking two in a 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Justin Upton (.256, 83 Rs, 26 HRs, 77 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
San Diego takes on Colorado as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -1,166 and a record as the underdog of 44-65. Colorado has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 19-30 and 26-39 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.4 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.5 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, San Diego has a 36-31 record and an overall money line of -1,333. They are 17-11 as the favorite against NL West opponents, and 31-34 SU.
The Padres lead the season series, 11-7. The Rockies have a 55-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shields takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 53-61 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Col, O/U - Over
The Rockies hold a 27-39 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Padres' record in these matchups is 31-35.
The Rockies are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Padres have a 0-13 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Rockies have a slight leg up on the Padres, as the Rockies have won their last two games while the Padres have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 45-15. The Padres have a 52-17 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, San Diego has earned 608 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 661 runs.
Colorado and San Diego both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Colorado sits at 27th with 351 this season and San Diego ranks 23rd with 382.
The Rockies are 52-48 when they hit at least one home run. The Padres perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 49-35 record.