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San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick - 9/6/13

Colorado Rockies (66-75) at San Diego Padres (62-77)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

Juan Nicasio (R) (8-7) (4.819) vs. Burch Smith (R) (0-1) (18.417)

The Line: San Diego Padres -108 / Colorado Rockies -102 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-San Diego

The Colorado Rockies take to the road to visit Petco Park to battle the San Diego Padres.

The Rockies were very much a part of the National League West race early in 2013, but the marathon of a season has caught up to them. The bats would go through stretches where the scoring was inconsistent and this is a team that is at it's best when the runs are flowing, with pitching that needs some help. Things worked out perfectly Wednesday aginst the front running Dodgers in a 7-5 victory where the bats came to life and Jorge De La Rosa gave up two runs over six innings. The offense pounded out eleven hits and walked once with Todd Helton going deep, while Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer knocked in a pair of runs each. The Rockies send Juan Nicasio to the bump in the opener versus San Diego, looking to give his team consecutive victories. Nicasio is one of those guys that needs run support, which his 4.82 ERA says.

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San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Free Pick - 9/6/13

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It might sound like a broken record, but San Diego has endured a season where the offense has lacked scoring punch, which has been a problem for this club for a while. Playing in Petco Park certainly hasn't helped and it's debatable whether moving the fence in has had any real benefi,t so it boils down to the rotation keeping the game from getting out of hand on the scoreboard, which didn't happen in a 13-5 loss to the Giants, who clubbed six homers. Eric Stults was ineffective, with seven runs plated in 4.2 innings and the pen couldn't stop the bleeding. The Padres did do some scoring on nine hits, with Chase Headley and Ronny Cedeno going deep, but that was obviously not enough. Rookie right hander Burch Smith has made three starts on the year and has struggled each time, but has yet to face Colorado. In those starts, Smith has given up 15 runs, including four homers over 7.1 frames.

A few scenarios have crossed my mind here, with Nicasio being the lesser of two evils and the over, but that means Burch has to struggle and he hasn't been around long enough to figure out, so tread with caution and that low under looks like a trap...

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