The Colorado Rockies will continue their series against the red-hot and exciting San Diego Padres on Tuesday, with our focus here on the first of two games. While the Rockies are miles out of a playoff position, and have just shut down Kris Bryant for the foreseeable future, the Padres have reinvigorated their fanbase with hopes of post-season success.
Just hours after acquiring shut-down closer Josh Hader from Milwaukee, the Padres have shocked the baseball world, acquiring Juan Soto from the Nationals. Though San Diego did have to part with plenty of valuable prospect capital, the Padres are now firmly in contention for the 2022 World Series. From here on out, every game matters, and look for San Diego to really push at tracking down the Dodgers, and setting themselves up well for a playoff push. It’s also worth noting that the Padres also acquired a key lefty bat in Josh Bell as well. With Manny Machado already in the fold, along with Fernando Tatis Jr. about to return from injury, this San Diego squad is one to watch down the stretch.
The San Diego Padres are finalizing a deal to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto from Washington, sources tell ESPN.
One of the biggest deals in baseball history goes down, and it sends the 23-year-old to SD, where he will team with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 2, 2022
In Game 1 action, it isn’t expected any of those pieces will be in the lineup, but you better believe that San Diego players and fans will be amped up given the recent developments. The Padres enter Tuesday’s two-game set vs. Colorado twelve games back of Los Angeles, and while that’ll be tough ground to make-up, look for San Diego to ensure they have home-field advantage for a likely three-game wild-card set in October. Beating lowly teams like the Rockies are now a must.
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Ryan Feltner (0-0); Padres: Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.24 ERA, .97 WHIP, 120 strikeouts)
Today’s pitching matchup looks to be quite the mismatch as well. Yu Darvish has figured it out and seems to have shaken off the inconsistencies that plagued him earlier this season. He’s been dominant at mixing pitches, and has routinely mowed down this Colorado lineup before. Opposing him will be relative unknown in Ryan Feltner for the Rockies. Feltner has bounced between the majors and minor leagues this season, and has a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in AAA baseball. He has been underwhelming at the big league level, and going against a scary looking Padres’ lineup will be no easy task for the youngster.
Ozzie Albies welcomes Ryan Feltner to the bigs pic.twitter.com/Xx65ZyB2a0
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) September 5, 2021
Though these teams are decisively at opposite ends of the standings, there is still value for Game 1 of this doubleheader on Tuesday. With the Padres flipping the baseball world upside down following their acquisition of Juan Soto, all eyes will be on their team from here on out. It makes this early afternoon matchup all the more intriguing. For added insight, the latest news, trends, and analysis, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our breakdown and betting prediction for the first of two games between these NL West rivals. Enjoy the game, folks!
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Game 1 Live Odds & Betting History
Betting odds provided by BOVADA
|Runs Per Game||4.5||4.4|
|Runs Allowed Per Game||5.3||3.9|
|Team Batting Average||.260||.239|
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Game 1 Prediction
Though the Rockies have had a disappointing season compared to expectations, you better believe they’d love to spoil the party on Tuesday afternoon. After losing Monday night by a 4-1 score to San Diego, Colorado will be looking to exact a little revenge in Game 1 of this double-header. The only issue for the Rox is that they’re simply not very good right now, and have gotten worse due to the injury (again) to star third baseman, Kris Bryant. Beyond CJ Cron, this is a lineup that lacks power and on-base ability. Going against a stud pitcher who is clearly feeling his best stuff right now in Yu Darvish, only complicates the issues for this troubled offense.
#Rockies place LF Kris Bryant on the injured list for the third time this season. First two times were because of a low-back injury. This time it’s because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Infielder Alan Trejo replaces Bryant on the 26-man roster.
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) August 1, 2022
Look for Darvish to continue his dominance. He struck out 11 batters in his last outing vs. Detroit, and has settled into a nice rhythm on the mound, during a crucial stretch for his team. He’s struck out nine or more batters in his past five outings, and has lowered his ERA to 3.24 entering Tuesday’s clash vs. Colorado. Expect him to have another solid outing against Colorado, as the Rockies currently are banged-up and are facing some regression away from Coors Field. While the Rox have hit well at home, the numbers haven’t carried over when on the road. Without Kris Bryant in the middle of that lineup, look for Darvish to again reach double-digit K’s on Tuesday.
Yu Darvish, 10th and 11th Ks.
And is fired up. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tYvmh7TVv8
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 27, 2022
And while the Padres will need to give Darvish run support, they should face minimal resistance against Ryan Feltner. The 25-year old has bounced around in his career to date, and really doesn’t offer anything that should challenge this Padres’ lineup that is finding its form. With Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth leading the way, that tandem should be able to do damage against the righty. The Padres remain in a battle for the wild-card, and can ill-afford to drop games with Darvish on the mound. Expect this lineup to be raring to go after some huge acquisitions, and put up the necessary runs to secure a crucial Game 1 victory.
Padres World Series title odds, per @FDSportsbook:
➖Pre Juan Soto: +2000
➖Post Juan Soto: +1100
— Boardroom (@boardroom) August 2, 2022
Rockies vs. Padres Trends To Know:
- Rockies are 45-93 in their last 138 road games.
- Rockies are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- Rockies are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Padres are 5-0 in their last 5 opening games of a double-header.
- Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
- Rockies are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in San Diego.
The Padres need wins, and have fared well against Colorado in similar spots. Yu Darvish is in a good spot right now, and look for San Diego to ride the momentum of their home crowd and recent trades to a convincing Game 1 victory. Expect a big offensive burst from these Padres’ hitters on Tuesday, and feel comfortable backing them on the run line to take the first of two games today.