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Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
MLB: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:10 PM EST
The Rockies snapped an eight-game losing streak in their last game, but are still tied with the Miami Marlins for the fewest wins in the Majors. This is far from the same Rockies team for last several seasons, as early on this season they rank in the middle of the pack in team ERA, but rank 2nd to last in the Majors in runs scored. Colorado had only scored five runs in four games before scoring four in their last game.
The Padres had their four-game winning streak snapped in their last game, but they are still in first place in the NL West two games up on the L.A. Dodgers. San Diego only ranks 19th in the Majors in runs scored, but rank 8th in team ERA. This is their first game facing this Rockies this season.
Marquez’s gem stops bleeding
In their last game, the Rockies were on the road snapping their eight-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants behind German Marquez’s one-hitter.
Efficient. Filthy. Masterful.
Márquez flirted with perfection today. pic.twitter.com/RHXtcceoUH
— C🍀l🍀rad🍀 R🍀ckies (@Rockies) April 15, 2019
Colorado scored four runs on five hits and Nolan Arenado went 2 for 2 with two walks and three RBI. Trevor Story went deep in the win over the Giants and he leads the Rockies in both HR (4) and RBI (10). Arenado leads qualified players for the Rockies only batting .254 and he has only one HR to go with nine RBI. On the season, the Rockies are 4-7 on the road and they are probably happy to be in San Diego, as they are winless at home (0-5) on the young season. The Rockies have not decided on a starter for this game at time of writing.
Long ball hurts
The Padres were on the road in their last game losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 where they gave up three HR. starter Eric Lauer and reliever Matt Wisler gave up seven of the eight runs and the two players at the top of the San Diego lineup in Manuel Margot and Franmil Reyes each had two hits and combined for three RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. Leads the Padres in both HR (5) and RBI (11) and Manny Machado has gotten off to a decent start, as the prized free agent is batting .246 with four HR and eight RBI.
Joey Lucchesi (2-1 4.40 ERA) get the nod for the Padres in this series opener and after two great starts, he was lit up in his last one giving up seven runs in four innings in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. In his first two starts of the season, he had not given up any runs in 10 1/3 innings in two San Diego wins. The Padres have won four of Lucchesi’s last five home starts. This season, San Diego is 4-3 at home.
The San Diego Padres are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- 7-1 in their last 8 games following a loss
- 10-3 in their last 13 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 5-16 in their last 21 overall
- 2-7 in their last 9 road games
- 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win
- 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter
- 1-10 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rockies snapped their long losing streak in their last game, but they will start another one in this game. The Padres are playing well and have been hot as of late despite a loss in their last game. Lucchesi will bounce back after a terrible last start and have a decent one in this one and the Padres’ lineup will get it done no matter who the Rockies send to the hill. San Diego will take the first game of this series sending the Rockies to yet another loss.
Prediction: PICK: Padres
Full-Game Total Pick
Two of the key head to head trends point to the Under, but I will go with the Over for this NL West encounter. The Padres have been solid at the dish this season and they will score several runs in this game. While the Rockies have struggled at the plate they will be facing a San Diego starter, who was shelled in his last outing. Take the Under in this series opening game.
Prediction: PICK: Over