In the second of a four-game series between the Colorado Rockies (7-6) and the San Diego Padres (7-6) at Coors Field, Tyler Matzek (1-0, 1.80 ERA) and Brandon Morrow (0-0, 1.29 ERA) get the ball. The Padres won the last game 14-3 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 21 and will air on FSN-SD and ROOT-RM.
Matzek is 1-3 with a 3.67 ERA against the Padres in his career, and is up against a strong San Diego offense that's hitting .281 on the year. DJ LeMahieu (.444, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Rockies, Morrow is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA. He gets a solid Colorado offense that's batting .271. Matt Kemp (.368, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Padres, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs and four RBIs.
Colorado, a -121 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Diego. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at 10 runs. The Rockies are in an interesting position this season. While it has a notable overall money line (+283), its record as favorite (1-2) is less impressive. The Rockies have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Rockies are a superb hitting team with an NL-best 11.3 hits per home game.
On the other side, the Padres have a record of 3-3 when they are the underdog and are +262 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 6-4 SU, but have a 1-2 record when they were an underdog to win. The Padres rank third in the NL in road scoring, averaging five runs per game. The Padres are known for their bats, hitting 47 extra base hits. The San Diego pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging an NL-best 10.0 strikeouts per game.
The only other game between the two teams went San Diego's way. The Rockies will take on a right-hander (Morrow) in this game and have a 6-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Padres hold a 7-4 record in matchups against NL West Division rivals, while the Rockies currently sit at 3-4 in these games.
When leading after 7 innings, Colorado is 2-1, while San Diego is 5-3.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Padres have a 2-3 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Padres have a slight leg up on the Rockies, as the Padres have won their last two games while the Rockies have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 6-1. The Padres have a 7-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Colorado has earned 54 this season. San Diego ranks second with 73 runs.
Colorado and San Diego both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Colorado sits at 28th with 25 this season and San Diego ranks 22nd with 31.
The Rockies are 4-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 6-3 when they hit at least one homer.