Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88 ERA) and Kyle Kendrick (4-12, 6.29 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the San Diego Padres (65-72) and the Colorado Rockies (56-80) at Petco Park. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 7 and can be seen on RTRM and FSSD.
Kennedy pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out 12 and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Rangers. Justin Upton (.254, 74 Rs, 24 HRs, 73 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base. Kendrick went 4.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Carlos Gonzalez (.274, 76 Rs, 36 HRs, 86 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
San Diego is a -153 favorite against Colorado and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Padres have an overall money line of -817 and a record as the favorite of 34-28. Within its division, San Diego has a 15-8 record as favorite and a 27-26 record SU. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 374. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Padres, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 9.0.
As for their opponent, Colorado is coming in with an overall money line of -1,516 and a disappointing record of 39-59 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 16-25 record against NL West rivals, and a 5-5 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies allow 5.2 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.9 runs per game during that span.
The Padres have controlled the season series, 9-3. The Padres have a 50-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kendrick takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 51-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Padres are 27-27 against other teams in their division, while the Rockies are 22-35 against their rivals.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rockies have a 15-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 8-57. The Padres have a 9-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, San Diego has hit 126 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 160 home runs.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.31 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.24.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .761.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 28-61, well-matched with the Padres who are 34-51 when allowing at least one homer.