Padres-Rockies: How About a No-Hitter This Time from Ross?

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 4:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 4:48 PM UTC

Padres right-hander Tyson Ross almost made franchise history in his last start. He could find things much more difficult Wednesday afternoon pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

San Diego Padres at Colorado RockiesFree MLB Pick: OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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There are four matinees around Major League Baseball on Wednesday, and it’s a getaway day matchup from Denver’s Coors Field at 3:10 ET (available to be streamed on the new ESPN+) as the Padres and Rockies finish a three-game series. Could see a regular or two on each side get the day off because it follows a night game.

Colorado is without outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. He was one of those guys truly frozen out on the free-agent market this winter and had to return largely with tail between his legs to the Rockies on a one-year, $8 million deal. CarGo was placed on the 10-day DL over the weekend, retroactive to April 19, with a right hamstring strain. He was hitting .235 with three homers and 11 RBIs this year. This also will be the final game of a four-game suspension served by fellow outfielder Gerardo Parra for his role in a benches-clearly brawl with these Padres earlier this month. Parra is hitting just .217 with a homer and four RBIs.

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Still No No-No for Friars

Are you aware that the only active franchise in the majors without having had one of its pitchers throw a no-hitter is the Padres? There have been several close calls and Wednesday’s starter, Tyson Ross, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning last Friday in Arizona. He walked the leadoff batter and got the next two out but was pulled after allowing an RBI double that tied the game 1-1. Ross threw a whopping 127 pitchers. That’s notable because it’s so early in the season and Ross was making just his 14th MLB start since a major surgery in 2016 (he pitched just on Opening Day that year). Needless to say, some were critical of Padres manager Andy Green letting his guy stay out there so long.

“I’m aware,” Green said afterward of the Padres’ being the only major league team without no-hitter. “I think every situation is unique. Tyson Ross isn’t a young kid coming up through the organization that we’re trying to protect. Give him a chance to do something really special. If that runs his pitch count up, and he’s still OK, I’m going to be OK with that and try to give him a chance to do something really special. We gave him as much leash as humanly possible.”

It was the closest any Padre got to a no-hitter since Odrisamer Despaigne also went 7 2/3 innings against the Mets on July 20, 2014. San Diego played its first regular-season game as a franchise on April 8, 1969. Since then, there have been 130 no-hitters thrown leaguewide including at least one by every franchise other than the Padres. Oakland’s Sean Manaea just had one Saturday vs. Boston.

Ross (2-1, 2.81) is the only Padres pitcher to go at least six innings in all of his starts this year. He faced the Rockies at Petco Park on April 3 and got the win, allowing three runs and five hits over six. Nolan Arenado is 5-for-26 career off him with two RBIs. Charlie Blackmon is 5-for-20 with a homer.

The Rockies counter with the guy who is supposed to be their ace but who doesn’t have ace-like numbers in Jon Gray (1-4, 6.75). He threw seven shutout innings in San Diego on April 4, striking out seven with no walks, but has been hammered in three starts since, allowing 19 runs and 26 hits over 15.2 innings, all losses. That includes a seven-run outing on April 9 at home vs. San Diego. Wil Myers has seen him more than any Padre, going 7-fof-21 with a homer, two doubles and seven strikeouts. Eric Hosmer is 2-for-8 with four Ks.

  • Over is 6-0-1 in Gray’s last 7 starts overall.
  • Over is 6-2-1 in Padres’ last 9 vs. National League West.

While Ross looked great last time out, he might be a bit gassed after throwing so many pitches. Gray, meanwhile, has been terrible. I often think the total is too inflated for Coors Field games, but in this case I would recommend an ‘over’ for a Wednesday MLB pick.

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