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Padres vs. Rockies - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies (39-49) at San Diego Padres (41-49)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

J De La Rosa (6-3) (4.34) vs. J Shields (7-3) (4.01)

The Line: San Diego Padres -138 / Colorado Rockies +128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-RM, FSN-SD

The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Colorado Rockies look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Rockies have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Rockies have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Charlie Blackmon leads Colorado with 98 hits and 40 RBI while Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu have combined for 105 RBI. The Colorado Rockies have lost six of their last eight road games. Jorge De La Rosa gets the ball, and he’s 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. De La Rosa is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA and 119 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

Padres vs. Rockies - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Padres have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Padres have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 87 hits and 47 RBI while Justin Upton and Derek Norris have combined for 93 RBI. The San Diego Padres have lost six of their last eight home games. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 7-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Shields is 3-1 with a 4.75 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

The Rockies are 20-44 in their last 64 during game 1 of a series and 4-0 in De La Rosas last 4 starts. The Padres are 3-9 in their last 12 games following a win and 1-6 in Shields' last 7 starts. The Rockies are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in San Diego and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.

If the Padres are going to make any last push to get back in the race, it has to start now. With Shields on the hill and being at home, I give the slight edge to the Padres. 

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San Diego Padres -138

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