Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/18/14
San Diego Padres (20-23) at Colorado Rockies (24-19)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Coors Field)
Donn Roach (R) (1-0) (2.570) vs. Juan Nicasio (R) (4-2) (3.772)
The Line: Colorado Rockies -120 / San Diego Padres +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-San Diego, ROOT-RM
The Colorado Rockies and Coors Field play host to the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon.
I don't know if San Diego has what it takes to be a force in the National League West as their offense can be inconsistent. A more realistic goal would be reaching the .500 mark although that would also require some consistency at the plate which was no issue Saturday in an 8-5 win at Colorado. The bats saved starter Robbie Erlin who allowed four runs in five innings but that was a winning effort with the offense totaling ten hits and walking nine timesCarlos Quentin and Seth Smith slammed two run homers while Yonder Alonso knocked in two more. Rookie Donn Roach makes hs first career start for San Diego looking to control the heavy hitting Rockies. Roach has made 12 appearances out of the pen, going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings.
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I think the key for Colorado when it concerns challenging in the National League West is getting enough pitching over the long haul to support an above average offense. That didn't happen Saturday and the result was the Rockies were outscored by visiting San Diego. Jordan Lyles was hyped up when he took the mound and was all hype as he was absolutely hammered to the tune of six runs on five hits and six free passs in only 3.1 frames. The bats made a game of it with a 14 hit attack but fell short. Troy Tulowitzki smacked a solo homer and Carlos Gonzalez doubled twice and drove in three. Juan Nicasio toes the rubber Sunday against San Diego whom he faces for the second time. In the first meeting Nicasio gave up a pair of runs on six hits and a base on balls over six innings in a 3-2 win.
My thinking here is a rookie hurler making his starting debut at Colorado should favor the big bats of the Rockies...should.