San Diego Padres (2-7) at Houston Astros (7-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 8, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -270 / San Diego Padres +245 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The San Diego Padres and Houston Astros meet Sunday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The San Diego Padres could use a win to rebound from a rough 2-7 record. The Padres were shutout in 10 innings on Saturday and have scored four or less runs in seven of their first nine games. The San Diego Padres have lost 13 of their last 15 games when scoring four or less runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 11 hits and two RBI while Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis have combined for 20 hits and eight RBI. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Ross is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for the series victory to build on their 7-2 record. The Astros have allowed six runs in their last three games and four or less runs in seven of their first nine games. The Houston Astros have won 20 of their last 22 regular season games when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 14 hits and three RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 16 hits and 14 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Morton is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The Padres are 40-82 in their last 122 road games, 16-45 in their last 61 Sunday games and 1-6 in Ross' last 7 starts. The Astros are 22-4 in their last 26 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 interleague home games and 6-2 in Mortons last 8 starts. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Ross only pitched 49 innings last season, but he had an ERA over seven and an allowed batting average of .275. On the road last season in 22.1 innings, Ross had an ERA over eight with an allowed batting average of .300. Morton was lights out when pitching in Houston last year, allowing a batting average of .217 and 106 strikeouts in 97 innings. The Padres offense is in full struggle mode, scoring two or less runs in three of their last four games, including being shutout in their last 10 innings. Hard not to side with the Astros here.