Zach Davies (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
The Colorado Rockies cooled off the San Diego Padres’ bats on Saturday night at Coors Field. It took 8 innings for the Padres to finally get on the board. Trent Grisham went deep, but with the Rockies up 6-1, the run didn’t put a dent into the lead. That’s how the game would end, with the Rockies beating the Padres 6-1.
Kyle Freeland had a rough go of it last season, but there were flashes of greatness in 2018. Freeland was demoted to the minor leagues to work on his craft and he must have taken it seriously. It’s only two games, but Freeland has been on the mark.
The Rockies moved up to 5-2 on the season with the win. They have played two fewer games than the rest of the division going into Sunday. The Dodgers and Padres are deadlocked with a record of 6-3, so between the Rockies, Dodgers, and Padres things are close. The San Francisco Giants are hanging tough with a record of 5-4.
The Giants are the biggest dark horse of the division, and were not expected to contend this season. However, in a shortened 60-game season, anything could happen with injuries and the coronavirus. I’m cautiously optimistic that the coronavirus doesn’t wipe out every team and the season.
Freeland was able to wipe out the Padres’ offense last night after they scored at least five runs in five straight games. San Diego put up 20 runs in the last two games before the Rockies put an end to that party. I think it’s going to be hard to continually hold the Padres down at the plate, though. They have plenty of young talent that can swing the stick with authority. That wasn’t present on Saturday.
Joey Lucchesi lasted just 1.2 innings before getting chased out of the game. He gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs before the Rockies turned to the bullpen. The relievers held things down well actually. They prevented the game from getting out of hand, though the offense failed to respond. Head below for our free San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies pick for August 2, 2020.
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The Padres went silent offensively at Coors last night, but that isn’t to say they can’t go wild on Sunday. Antonio Senzatela is expected to get the starting nod for the Rox in this one. The Rockies want to see some progress out of Senzatela, as he’s been average to below average in his first three seasons as a major league pitcher.
Senzatela recorded an ERA of 4.68 and 4.38 in his first two seasons, and then didn’t show any signs of improvement last season. In fact, he went in the opposite direction after hoping it was going to be a turning point in his career. Senzatela was drilled for a 6.71 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 25 games. Batters were hitting .313 against him when he was on the bump.
He was slightly better at Coors last season, but was still hit for a 6.21 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. This will be his second appearance of the season after pitching pretty well against the Oakland Athletics. Senzatela conceded 2 earned runs across 5 innings. He had to work for it, though, with the A’s grabbing 6 hits and 3 walks off Senzatela. Senzatela exited the game with a 1.80 WHIP and the Athletics hitting .300.
The Padres have had success against Senzatela in the past. They’re hitting .304 with a .334 OBP in 59 at-bats. Wil Myers has been raking against Senzatela, with a .389 batting average, home run, and 5 RBI in 18 at-bats. After falling asleep at the wheel last night at Coors, expect to see the Padres to wake up and perform well in this one at the plate.
Zach Davies handled Coors Field well in one start last season. He held the Rockies to 2 hits and 1 run in 5 innings last September. The Rockies are hitting just .222 against Davies in 96 at-bats. Davies got off to a nice start in his first outing of the year against the Giants. He netted an ERA of 3.60 and 1.00 WHIP. Davies is coming off his best season yet, with a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP as a member of the Brewers. I’ll side with the Padres to bounce back following a slow night on Saturday.