Bet O/U Total Runs Offered in Padres vs. Rockies MLB Odds: Despaigne & De la Rosa on Starting Pitcher's Mounds

Steven Suarez

Monday, April 20, 2015 2:21 PM GMT

The Rockies are back at home at Coors Field, and as a result we see a big boost to this game's chances of becoming a high-scoring affair. What kind of MLB picks do we like here?

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Odds Overview
As it stands, the Rockies are listed at -130  in MLB odds to open up this series with a much-needed victory. It must have stung to get swept in Los Angeles, so Colorado should come out focused. For those wondering, the Padres are at roughly +115, while the total is at 9.5 runs, easily the highest number on the board for Monday.

 

Colorado Rockies (De La Rosa)
The Rockies must be happy to be at home again. Their recent trip to Los Angeles didn't go so well, as they were swept by the Dodgers. They're now 7-5 on the year, with the recent loss coming in 7-0 shutout fashion. The offense has gone cold, so a return to Coors Field couldn't have come at a better time for Troy Tulowitzki and company.

We know what this offense can do when it gets going, especially at home. Is it time for the Colorado bats to go off again?

As far as pitching is concerned, the Rockies will turn to Jorge De La Rosa, who will be making his 2015 debut tonight. The 34-year-old southpaw has been rehabbing in Triple A to start off the season but will make his return in this tough spot against San Diego. Until we see what De La Rosa has left in the tank, we're probably best not going all in on Colorado to win. De La Rosa has been prone to implosions in the past, and this San Diego offense is much improved.

 

San Diego Padres (Despaigne)
While the Rockies were swept over the weekend, the Padres fared much better, taking two out of three in Chicago against the Cubs. The pitching showed up for San Diego, with Andrew Cashner and James Shields both picking up victories inside Wrigley Field.

Overall this season, the Padres look like they're going to be competing at a much higher level, which really isn't surprising with how much money they've spent to bolster their team, both on the hitting and pitching fronts. San Diego is 8-5 on the season and is getting production out of a lot of different areas, so it looks like this franchise is no longer a doormat in the baseball landscape.

We will have Odrisamer Despaigne on the mound for the Padres tonight. He has looked excellent in his first couple tastes of action, which includes his first start of the season in which he allowed only two hits and one run over seven innings of loss to Arizona. Despaigne isn't going to dominate hitters and rack up strikeouts, but he knows how to get batters out in an efficient manner. He's going to be facing one of his toughest tests of the entire season tonight, however, against a loaded Colorado offense at Coors Field.

 

MLB Pick
The total is at a very high number for tonight, yet we still think it's too low as far as we've concerned. The Rockies are capable of scoring 10 runs themselves, and it's not like the Padres have been performing poorly at the plate either.

Throw in inconsistency concerns about both of these pitchers, and you can see why it would make sense to take an easier-to-stomach approach. We think these two offenses are going to do more than enough to help see this game finished well north of the posted total.

So while others may shy away from the high O/U relative to the rest of the night's slate, we're going to see it as an opportunity. We think the OVER will come through for our MLB picks.

MLB Pick: OVER 9.5 at Pinnacle

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