James Shields (0-4, 3.55 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (9-16) meet Jon Gray (0-0, 11.42 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (12-12) in the first of a three-game division series at Petco Park. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and will air on FSSD and RTRM.
In his last start, Shields pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out two and walking four in a 1-0 loss to the Giants. Matt Kemp (.284, 14 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Rockies were unsuccessful against the Pirates 9-8 the last time Gray pitched. He went 3.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out two and walking one. Nolan Arenado (.305, 23 Rs, 11 HRs, 25 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rockies, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are San Diego -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
The Padres are 2-1 against the Rockies this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
The Padres currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 5-10, and the Rockies have a 9-6 record.
The Padres didn't score any runs in their last game. The Rockies have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 1-9. The Padres have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Colorado tops the league in home runs this season with 39. San Diego ranks near the bottom with 19.
Ranking 19th, San Diego is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.58.
Ranking 30th, San Diego is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.655). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .831.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 7-11, well-matched with the Padres who are 4-9 when allowing at least one homer.