The Colorado Rockies look to pick up the pieces in beautiful San Diego after getting ran over in Houston against the Astros. There are several other teams who will tell you that they didn’t have a fun trip to Houston, either. The case of the Rockies isn’t unusual. They were losers in both games by scores of 11-6 and 14-3. The first game was pretty competitive.
The final score of 11-6 doesn’t tell the whole story, as the Astros and Rockies traded runs before Houston blew things open and closed the door late. It was a demoralizing loss for the Rockies, who had nothing left in the tank to compete the following day. Peter Lambert was smacked around for 7 hits and 9 runs in 3 innings. The rookie has really been struggling recently after a promising start to his career.
Their season was probably already in the toilet, but that effort in Houston just solidifies it. Barring something miraculous happening, the Rockies are going to be left outside of the postseason in 2019. They are currently 7 games behind for a spot in the Wild Card Game, so they’d have to get hot soon and hope everyone falls over in front of them. Likely not going to happen, but we’ll see what they have to give in San Diego against the Padres.
The Padres are on a difficult spot as well, with 6.5 games separating them and the postseason. With that in mind, the ROI on Manny Machado hasn’t been there in 2019. He hasn’t been on the same level of a bust as Bryce Harper, but signing Machado and failing to compete for the postseason isn’t an improvement.
People are waiting for them to break through and maybe that comes next season. The front office will have work to do in the offseason if that’s going to occur. Eric Lauer is expected to get the start for the Padres against Jon Gray of the Rockies tonight. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Padres pick.
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Pick:
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It didn’t matter that the Rockies were away from Coors Field over the past two days, their pitching staff got rocked anyway. German Marquez was out of sorts in the 11-6 loss and then Peter Lambert was much worse the following day. It wasn’t only the starters; the relievers were out there throwing BP as well. In total, the Rockies allowed 25 runs in their last two games. Now they head to Southern California for a series against a team who have throttled them recently.
In their last three matchups, the Padres have put up 38 runs on the Rockies for an average of 12.6 runs per game. San Diego have scored at least 6 runs in their last five meetings with the Rockies. The Rockies did come out victorious by a score of 9-6 in Jon Gray’s last outing against the Padres.
Historically San Diego have been decent against Gray, as they’re hitting .273 with 8 home runs against him in 172 at-bats. Wil Myers has been a menace against Gray, with a .412 average and 7 RBI’s in 34 appearances at the dish. Manny Machado and Hunter Renfroe have both mauled Gray as well. Machado is hitting .375 with 2 home runs, while Renfroe has connected against Gray for 3 home runs in only 9 at-bats.
Eric Lauer has not had a pleasant experience against the Rockies in his career. Colorado are hitting .382 with a .460 OBP in 55 at-bats. They’ve scored 16 runs on Lauer during those appearances. Lauer goes into this contest on Thursday with an ERA of 7.62 and 1.62 WHIP in his previous three contests.
Note that the OVER has gone 5-0 and 7-2 in their previous nine meetings. A whopping 22 runs per game was scored in the last five. Don’t expect a run explosion like that, though at least 9 runs should be on the board to get the final score OVER the total.