Suddenly the Padres can't win a game. San Diego has dropped nine straight at the MLB betting window and will try to stave off a sweep on their home diamond Sunday afternoon.
The biggest surprise team in baseball has been surprisingly bad lately.
Then again the San Diego Padres still are in first place in the National League West as they host division rival Colorado on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. (ET) in the finale of a three-game series.
MLB oddsmakers set the money line with San Diego 130 chalk. Sunday's total is seven.
This is the Padres’ third game in a 10-game homestand that they hope will get them straighten out having lost nine in a row following Saturday's 6-2 setback. Carlos Gonzalez had three of Colorado's 10 hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies who were 120 MLB odds underdogs.
San Diego is 38-27 in its first 65 games at Petco Park, while the Rockies are 27-42 during their first 69 road contests.
Colorado, however, has won nine of the first 13 meetings between the two clubs. The Rockies have taken two of three during the previous four series.
The Padres lead the majors in ERA and have the top bullpen, but their ERA was a whopping 5.38 during their first 12 games against the Rockies.
The scheduled pitching matchup is Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa versus southpaw Clayton Richard.
De La Rosa is 1-2 lifetime versus San Diego with a fat 5.48 ERA. The 29-year-old is off a solid performance, though. He held San Francisco to one run on four hits while striking out nine and walking four in seven innings this past Monday. De La Rosa didn’t factor in the decision, a 2-1 Colorado victory. De La Rosa was a 120 road underdog to Jonathan Sanchez. The total was 7 ½.
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The native of Monterrey, Mexico is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA during his past three starts spanning 21 innings. He has 19 strikeouts during this time frame, but also has given up nine walks.
De La Rosa actually has pitched better at hitter-friendly Coors Field where he’s 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA compared to 1-2 on the road with a 4.81 ERA. De La Rosa is 5-4 with a 4.26 ERA on the season. The Rockies are 24-9 in De La Rosa’s past 34 starts.
Richard is 12-6 with a 3.50 ERA on the year. He’s 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA career-wise versus Colorado.
The former Michigan Wolverine standout lost in his last start as a ‘pick’ at home versus Cole Hamels and Philadelphia, 5-0. Richard surrendered one run in the first six innings, but was tagged for a two-run homer by Mike Sweeney. Richard ended up giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk while throwing 103 pitches in 7 2/3 innings.
Richard hurt himself with two errors. The combined five runs dipped ‘under’ the 6 ½ run total. Richard has pitched better at Petco Park where his record is 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA. Richard is 6-2 on the road, but his ERA away from home is 4.12. He has been in good form lately with a 2-1 mark and 1.33 ERA in his past three outings. San Diego is 9-1 and the MLB betting window the past 10 times Richard has faced NL West foes.
Richard is going to have to be careful with Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who entered the series having hit six homers in his last 10 games through Friday while riding an 11-game hitting streak batting .525 (21-for-40) with 14 RBIs during the streak.
Rockies infielder Clint Barmes came into the series mired in a 1-for-26 slump. Against the Padres, though, Barmes is 14-for-38 (.368) with two homers and 13 RBIs.
Colorado has lost 20 of its last 29 road contests through Friday. The ‘under’ has cashed in 12 of Colorado’s last 14 NL West Division matchups entering Friday. The ‘over,’ however, has cashed in seven of the last nine head-to-head meetings going into the series, including the last five in San Diego.