In the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (12-12) and the Colorado Rockies (12-12) at Petco Park, Brandon Morrow (1-0, 2.67 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 11.57 ERA) take the mound. The Padres won the last game 14-3 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on ROOT-RM and FSN-SD.
Morrow is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA against the Rockies in his career, and faces a strong Colorado offense that's hitting .276 on the year. Justin Upton (.282, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, two RBIs, and two stolen bases. In his career against the Padres, De La Rosa is 8-4 with a 4.87 ERA. He meets a solid San Diego offense that's batting .263. DJ LeMahieu (.417, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Rockies, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
San Diego is a -139 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Padres are 6-5 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -200. They are 1-3 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Padres come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Padres rank third in the NL in hits with 9.0 per game. Below average play has been the norm lately for the San Diego pitchers. The Padres have given up an average of 6.1 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.7 runs per game.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a solid win percentage of .615 when playing as the underdog (8-5) and an overall money line of +128. Against divisional opponents, they are 7-8 SU and 5-5 as the underdog. Within their division, Colorado's offense has been struggling. Colorado has averaged 3.5 runs per game, compared to 4.2 for the duration of the season. The top hitting team in the NL are the Rockies, who average 9.8 hits per game. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Colorado pitchers. They allowed 6.7 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 5.0.
In their previous five games this season, the Padres have a 3-2 record. This game will feature De La Rosa (LHP) on the mound against the Padres, who have a 4-2 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Morrow. They sport a 10-9 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Padres are 10-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Rockies are 7-9 against their division.
For the second time this season, the Rockies registered at least two errors in a game.
The Rockies are 1-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Padres are 0-2 in such matchups.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are heading in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 9-1. The Rockies have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, Colorado has earned 91 this season. San Diego ranks third with 119 runs.
San Diego and Colorado both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. San Diego sits at 24th with 56 this season and Colorado ranks 27th with 48.
The Padres are 8-6 when they hit at least one home run. Colorado has the same record when hitting one or more homers.