San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies - 4/14/14
Colorado Rockies (6-6) at San Diego Padres (4-7)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Jordan Lyles (R) (2-0) (3.856) vs. Eric Stults (L) (0-2) (5.584)
The Line: San Diego Padres -128 / Colorado Rockies +118 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-RM, FSN-SD
The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres will begin a four-game series on Monday.
The Rockies have split their last six games and just lost two of three against the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies pitching has really let them down recently, allowing five or more runs in six of their seven losses this season. One pitcher who has really carried the way early for the Rockies has been Jordan Lyles. Lyles is 2-0 this season with an ERA of 3.86 and has nine strikeouts in 11.2 innings. Lyles is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in three career starts against the Padres.
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The Padres are starting to play their best baseball of the season, winning three of their last four games. It’s the Padres pitching that has helped lead the way, holding their opponents to one or less runs in three of their last four games. One San Diego pitcher who needs to turn things around is Eric Stults, who is 0-2 on the season with an ERA of 5.59 and three walks in 9.2 innings. Stults is 3-0 with a 4.00 ERA in seven career starts against the Rockies.
The Rockies are 14-38 in their last 52 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 17-40 in their last 57 road games. The Padres are 6-1 in Stults' last 7 Monday starts and 13-5 in Stults' last 18 home starts. The Rockies are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Diego and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Rockies have had issues against the Padres in the past, and the Padres are playing their best baseball of this early season. Considering the price, you have to like San Diego at home. The Rockies pitching staff has had major issues, which certainly doesn't help their case in this matchup.