Jon Gray (0-0, 2.70 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (47-67) meet Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.09 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (55-61) in the second of a three-game division series at Coors Field. The Rockies lost the last game 9-5, extending a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 15 and will air on RTRM and FSSD.
In his last start, Gray pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking two in a 4-2 loss to the Mets. Nolan Arenado (.278, 66 Rs, 29 HRs, 84 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. The Padres were unsuccessful to the Phillies 5-3 the last time Cashner pitched. He went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs and striking out four. Matt Kemp (.262, 56 Rs, 13 HRs, 67 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 10 runs. Against teams in the NL West, the Rockies have an SU record of 17-30. The Rockies have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with 10.6 per game. Colorado's pitchers struggle within their division. The Rockies have given up an average of 6.0 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 5.2.
Against teams in their division, the Padres are 25-23 SU. San Diego has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.4 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.0. San Diego is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 303 extra base hits.
The Padres have gotten the best of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-2. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Cashner) in this game and have a 42-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Gray will take the mound against the Padres, who have a 41-50 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Rockies currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 17-30, and the Padres have a 25-23 record.
Colorado has won 45% (22-27) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 53% (28-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The San Diego batters brought in a solid 12 hits last game. Colorado has a record of 4-31 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 36-13. The Padres have a 40-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, San Diego has earned 461 this season. Colorado ranks fourth with 509 runs.
Colorado and San Diego both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Colorado sits at 25th with 278 this season and San Diego ranks 22nd with 297.
The Rockies are 42-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 38-23 when they hit at least one homer.