Tyson Ross (1-1, 3.97 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 3.57 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (11-10) and the Houston Astros (12-7) at Petco Park. The Astros won the last game 9-4 and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-SD.
Ross pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 2-1 defeat to the Rockies. Yangervis Solarte (.320, 5 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Hernandez is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA against the Padres in his career. He is up against a good San Diego offense that's batting .268. Jed Lowrie (.300, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
San Diego is a -155 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Padres have recorded an overall money line of +193 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 6-2. San Diego is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 5-5 SU record in its last ten outings. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 69. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Padres, who have a team ERA of only 3.39.
As for their opponent, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +568 and an impressive record of 7-4 as the dog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 6-2 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.9 runs per game by averaging 5.3 during that stretch. The Astros are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 23 stolen bases. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.09 for the season.
The Astros have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Padres have a 7-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hernandez takes the mound. Ross (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
San Diego recorded at least two errors for the fourth time this season.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The Padres are 0-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Houston batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. San Diego has a record of 0-6 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 7-4. The Padres have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Houston has earned 79 this season. San Diego ranks fifth with 100 runs.
Ranking 23rd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 50 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 74.
The Padres are 8-5 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 9-5 record.