Ian Kennedy (0-1, 10.80 ERA) and Eddie Butler (2-1, 3.27 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (11-12) and the Colorado Rockies (11-10) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and can be seen on ROOT-RM and FSN-SD.
Kennedy is 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA in his appearances against the Rockies, but goes up against a quality Colorado offense which is batting .280 this season. Matt Kemp (.326, 16 Rs, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with two RBIs. Butler went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-4 win over the Giants in his last outing. Corey Dickerson (.329, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
The odds for San Diego and Colorado are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Within its division, San Diego has a record of 9-8 SU. The Padres have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.6 runs per game. The Padres are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.0 per game. San Diego's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.7.
The Rockies are 7-8 against NL West rivals. Offensively, the Rockies have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 3.5 in those contests. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 9.8 hits per game. The Rockies allow 5.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.7 runs per game during that span.
The Padres have a 7-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Butler takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 10-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD
The Padres hold a 9-8 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Rockies' record in these matchups is 7-8.
When leading after 7 innings, San Diego is 7-6, while Colorado is 3-4.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 2-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 0-10. The Rockies have a 1-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 12th in home runs, Colorado has hit 19 this season. San Diego ranks ninth with 23 home runs.
Colorado tops the league in hits with 9.76 per game this season. San Diego ranks in the top five at third with 8.96.
Ranking 11th, San Diego is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.718). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .764.
The Rockies are 4-9 when they allow at least one home run. The Padres perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 6-10 record.