San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Free PIck 9/8/13
Colorado Rockies (66-77) at San Diego Padres (64-77)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Chad Bettis (R) (0-3) (5.451) vs. Ian Kennedy (R) (6-9) (4.960)
The Line: San Diego Padres -146 / Colorado Rockies +136 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Rockies head to San Diego on Sunday to face off against the Padres, and hopefully for them avoid the three game sweep.
The San Diego Padres were able to earn the 2-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday. The Padres got an outstanding performance from their starter Ross, who went seven full innings, striking out five and allowing just three hits and pitching a shutout. San Diego will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday from their starter Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has struggled this season, going just 6-9 on the year with an ERA of 4.96. Kennedy does have plenty of experience against Colorado, tallying 14 career starts against the Rockies. In that span, Kennedy has been effective against the Rockies, going 3-3 with an ERA of 2.96 and a WHIP of 1.24. In Kennedy’s last start against Colorado, the Padres right hander went six full innings, while giving up four runs off of seven hits.
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The Colorado Rockies will be doing what they can to avoid the sweep by the hands of the Padres on Sunday. The Rockies were in it Saturday night against San Diego, but just couldn’t find their offense to get it done. The Rockies started Chatwood against the Padres on Sunday, and the Colorado starter did decent, lasting six innings, giving up five hits and one run, earning an ERA of 3.17 on the night. Colorado will be looking for another solid outing on Sunday when the Rockies send Chad Bettis to the mound. Bettis has never faced the Rockies in his career, and so far has just four road starts under his belt. Bettis has an ERA of 5.00 in those starts, while going 0-2 with a WHIP of 1.89.
The Rockies have really struggled this season on the road, going just 25-45 away from home, while the Padres are solid at their home field, with a record of 39-33.
The Rockies have dropped four of their last five heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Padres, and being that this is their first series in a three team road trip, it could be a long haul for Colorado.
I don’t like laying this much juice with a team like San Diego, but I just don’t see anything here that will make me take the Rockies. The Padres are far from exciting, but San Diego seems to have the angles here, but at this price it’s just a bit too expensive for me. I’m passing personally, but my free pick is on the Padres.