Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 7.56 ERA) and James Shields (2-0, 2.84 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (7-7) and the San Diego Padres (10-5) at Coors Field. The Rockies lost the last game 7-6, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 22 and can be seen on FSN-SD and ROOT-RM.
Kendrick is 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA in his appearances against the Padres, and goes up against a quality San Diego offense which is batting .286 this season. Nolan Arenado (.311, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Shields is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA when pitching against the Rockies. He takes on a good Colorado offense which is hitting .267 this season. Matt Kemp (.361, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
San Diego takes on Colorado as a -129 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 10 runs. The Rockies have recorded an overall money line of +139 and have shown high-level performance as an underdog this season with a record of 6-3. Within its division, Colorado has a 0-1 as the underdog and a 3-4 SU. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in home offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with an impressive 10.8 per game. Colorado's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 5.3 against fellow NL West members, compared to its 4.5 season average.
In the other locker room, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of +396 and an impressive record of 5-2 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.2 runs per game, which is good for second in the NL. The Padres are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 10.1 hits per game.
The Padres have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Rockies have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shields takes the mound. Kendrick (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 6-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Padres hold an 8-4 record against the NL West Division this season, while the Rockies have a 3-5 record against the division.
Colorado has won 50% (2-2) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, San Diego has won 67% (6-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rockies are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Padres have a record of 3-0 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
It looks like the Padres have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Padres have won their last three games while the Rockies have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 6-1. The Padres have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Colorado has earned 60 this season. San Diego ranks third with 80 runs.
Ranking 30th, Colorado is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 26 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 38.
The Rockies are 4-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 7-3 when they hit at least one homer.