Cesar Vargas (0-0, 0.87 ERA) and Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 2.73 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (11-16) and the Colorado Rockies (12-14) at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 6-3, and San Diego leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and can be seen on FSSD.
Vargas pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 5-1 win over the Dodgers. Matt Kemp (.301, 15 Rs, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Chatwood went 6.1 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking three in a 9-0 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Trevor Story (.260, 20 Rs, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The odds for San Diego and Colorado are Padres -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The Padres lead the season series, 4-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
The Padres are 7-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Rockies are 9-8 against their division.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 2-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
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 two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 8-2. The Rockies have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 103 this season. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 136.
Ranking 22nd, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with 87.
The Padres are 9-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rockies are 10-7 when they hit at least one homer.