San Diego Padres vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick- 8/6/13
2013-08-06 09:10:00 EDT
The San Diego Padres and the Baltimore Orioles face off on Tuesday at Petco Park for game one of their interleague series.
The San Diego Padres have had a trying year but they are playing some of their best baseball recently. The Padres are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 31-25 at home this season, and they are 10 games back in the NL West. As a team the Padres are hitting .246 with Yonder Alonso hitting .293, Everth Cabrera hitting .283 but who has been suspended, and Carlos Quentin hitting .275. As a team the padres pitching staff has an ERA of 4.11 with the starters at 4.58 and the bullpen at 3.31. For game one against the Orioles the Padres start Edinson Volquez who has won his last two decisions. For the season Volquez has allowed 141 hits and 78 earned runs while striking out 103 over 126.1 innings for a 8-8 record and a 5.56 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles have dropped their last two games, both at home, and now they find themselves on the road and slipping in the AL East. The Orioles are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 28-26 on the road this season, and they are 6.5 games behind the Red Sox in the standings. As a team the Orioles are hitting.265 with Chris Davis at .300, Manny Machado at .296, Adam Jones at .292, and Nck Markakis at .286. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has a 4.36 ERA with the starters at 4.73 and the bullpen at 3.69. For game one at San Diego the Orioles start Bud Norris who won his first start as a member of the O’s. In his last outing Norris allowed four hits and two runs while striking out eight over 6.0 innings.
San Diego is 6-2 in their last eight games, 5-2 in their last seven home games, and 2-6 in Volquez’s last eight starts. Baltimore is 26-10 in their last 36 games following an off day, 14-6 in their last 20 games against a right-handed starter, and 1-4 in their last five interleague road games. Baltimore is 1-4 in the last five meetings of these two.
I don’t see a ton of scoring here so my free pick is going to be on the under. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that winning pick in the Premium Area.