Rockies vs. Padres Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockies are a -170 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Padres are a +145 underdog and the over-under is 8.5.
Jon Gray (8-4, 3.75 ERA) will start for Colorado, while San Diego will go with Jordan Lyles (1-3, 7.35). Gray carries a 1.33 WHIP with 99 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings. He gave up two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in five shutout innings during a 4-3 home loss to the Padres his last start. Gray has a 4.32 road ERA in 58 1/3 innings. Lyles carries a 1.67 WHIP with 43 strikeouts in 60 innings. He gave up seven earned runs on eight hits with one strikeout and three walks in four innings during a 16-0 loss at the Rockies his last outing. Lyles has a 5.74 ERA in 31 1/3 home innings.
Colorado enters with a 82-71 record and 39-39 on the road, while San Diego is 69-84 and 42-36 at home. The Rockies have won seven of the last 10 meetings and the total has gone over six times.
The Padres sent Colorado to a fourth straight loss Thursday by a 3-0 final. Clayton Richard threw 7 1/3 shutout innings with eight strikeouts to get the win. Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with his second home run in as many nights plus two RBIs to lead the way. Manuel Margot was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run. Yangervis Solarte was 2-for-4 with a run. Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds both had two hits for the Rockies. Tyler Anderson allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
The Rockies have their best pitcher on the mound and need a victory to keep control of the second NL Wild Card race. We're going to say the Colorado offense breaks out of its slump with a big night against Lyles.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: COLORADO ROCKIES -170