Rockies vs. Padres MLB Preview and Best Bet

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Rockies vs. Padres MLB Preview and Best Bet
Ryan Weathers #40 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch in the first inning. Mark Brown/Getty Images/AFP

Closing out the Friday MLB betting odds card is a matchup of division rivals in San Diego where the Padres are big favorites against the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres 

Friday, July 30, 2021 – 10:10 PM EDT at Petco Park

An old-fashioned pitching duel broke out in Thursday’s series opener between Colorado and San Diego, the Padres coming out on the dubya side of the MLB scores with a 3-0 decision. The victory gave San Diego a slight 7-6 edge over the Rockies in the season series, and the final left totals 1-6 O/U in the seven matchups at Petco Park this season.

A mound rematch from the Rockies’ last visit to San Diego is on tap for Friday’s contest, Jon Gray (6-6, 3.67) going up against Ryan Weathers (4-2, 2.73). BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) is listing the Padres on a -177 moneyline, exactly where they opened the wagering proceedings and is juicing the ‘over’ on an eight-run total like most other reputable shops.

Petco Has Been Kind to Gray

Jon Gray was outstanding over six innings in the July 11 contest at Petco Park, while Weathers was forced from the start early with an ankle injury. Colorado cashed as a +170 underdog in the 3-1 final, San Diego’s only run coming home on a double play grounder while the Rockies go a couple of solo shots from Chris Owings and CJ Cron.

Hoping to close out a nice month of July with a strong effort, Gray has pitched to a 3.00 ERA on the month with the Rockies splitting his four starts. He’s coming off a no-decision at the Dodgers last Sunday, serving up two solo homers for the only damage against him in five innings. Los Angeles eventually scored a 3-2 triumph as -175 chalk at online betting sites. In 11 career starts at Petco Park, Gray is 6-4 with a 2.89 ERA (65.1 IP).

Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies throws. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Weathers spent nearly two weeks on the injured list after the start against Gray and the Rockies earlier this month and was activated last weekend in Miami. The rookie worked four scoreless innings and left with a 2-0 lead, but the Marlins rallied against San Diego relievers for a 3-2 victory. He has yet to break the 90-pitch plateau in any of his 12 starts, and Weathers owns a 3.19 ERA in 31 home frames this year.

Friars Lead Majors With 91 Stolen Bases

Colorado’s road woes have been well documented, Thursday’s setback leaving the Rockies 11-39 away from Denver and 20½-games out in the NL West. They have gone 4-8 since the all-star break, dropping five of their last six and being shut out twice in that span. This series ends a three-city trip that started in Los Angeles and made a stop in Anaheim earlier this week.

Daniel Hudson, former player of the Washington Nationals, pitches. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

San Diego kept pace with San Francisco with the series-opening win, the Padres sitting 5½-games behind the Giants to begin the weekend. They did manage to gain a game on the Dodgers who lost Thursday in San Francisco, though Los Angeles was a winner on the trade front after acquiring three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer along with shortstop Trea Turner in a blockbuster deal with the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer had been on San Diego’s radar before the Dodgers swooped in and added yet another ace to their staff. The Padres did strike a trade with the Nationals by acquiring reliever Daniel Hudson, and could still have interest in Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel. San Diego is also reportedly still trying to find a buyer for the first baseman Eric Hosmer, with the $50+ million he’s owed through 2025 the biggest obstacle in any deal.

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature and Free Pick

Crew chief Jeff Nelson takes his turn behind the dish in Friday’s matchup. Now in his 25th major league season, it is Nelson’s 19th plate assignment of the year with totals running 8-10 O/U when he dons the mask. Home favorites are 8-4 when Nelson calls balls and strikes, and four of the five games with eight-run totals were ‘under’ winners.

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Partly cloudy skies and the thermometer in the low-70s is what the weatherman is telling us to expect for the second game of the set. The forecast also calls for a 5-9 mph breeze from the northwest (in from left).

With Weathers unlikely to go more than four innings on Friday, San Diego might find a way to give Hudson some quick work with his new team. I’m going to trim some of the chalk with my free MLB pick and play the home side on the run line.

Free MLB Pick: Padres -1½ (+110) at Intertops (visit our Intertops Review)

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