This game could be low scoring as James Shields (1-4, 3.23 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (13-17) go up against Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.56 ERA) and the New York Mets (17-11) in the third of a four-game series at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 2-0, and San Diego leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and will air on WPIX and FSSD.
In his last start, Shields pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking two in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies. Matt Kemp (.289, 15 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Mets were also victorious the last time Colon pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out seven in a 4-1 victory over the Braves.
The odds are Mets -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7 at the moment.
The previous two games have all gone San Diego's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
San Diego earned its first shutout of the season in its last game. New York has been shut out three times this season.
The Padres managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with a 5-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Padres have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Padres have won their last two games while the Mets have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres and the Mets both have records of 10-2.
Ranking 22nd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 110 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 14th with 123.
Ranking 23rd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 79 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 with 98.
When the Padres hit at least one home run, they are 10-2, well-matched with the Mets who are 13-4 when hitting one or more homers.