Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres
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San Diego Padres vs Colorado Rockies Prediction & Preview



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The Colorado Rockies play the first game of a five-game series on the road at Petco Park Monday against National League West rival the San Diego Padres.


Colorado defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday after losing each of the first two games of their four-game series with Los Angeles. Kyle Freeman gave up six hits and three runs in six innings and improved to 6-7. Colorado is 46-56 and the Rockies are tied for fourth place in the National League West withRoc the Arizona Diamondbacks, 22 games behind the front-running Dodgers. Each of the six players on Colorado's injury list are pitchers.


San Diego was defeated by the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Saturday. San Diego was held to 8 hits by 6 Minnesota pitchers and the Padres left eight runners stranded on base. Manny Machado hit a solo home run for the Padres and Jurickson Profar had a three-run shot. San Diego is 56-46 which is second in the National League West, but trails the front-running Dodgers by 12 games. San Diego has 7 pitchers on its injury list as well as position players Matt Beaty, Wil Myers, and Fernando Tatis Jr.


Colorado is struggling on the mound

The Colorado Rockies are 28th in team ERA at 4.86 and are also 28th in WHIP at 1.44. The Colorado starting rotation has 42 Quality Starts which is 10th in baseball, but Colorado’s pitching staff has the worst batting average allowed at .274. Kyle Freeman is the leader in victories for Colorado with 6 and German Marquez is the leader in strikeouts with 91. Antonio Senzatela gets the nod on the mound Monday for Colorado. This season the right-hander is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.90 and 43 strikeouts.


At the plate, Colorado has the second-best team batting average in baseball at .261 and the fourth-best on-base percentage with .325. However, Colorado drops to 11th in slugging percentage with .406 and is 10th in runs scored with 463. C.J. Cron has the team lead in home runs with 22 and RBIs with 71. Charlie Blackmon is second in home runs with 16 and RBIs with 59. Colorado has four players with 49 RBIs or more. The Rockies have hit 180 doubles, 25 triples and 92 home runs in one hundred two games.


Pitching is keeping San Diego in the fight for a postseason berth

The San Diego Padres are second in the National League West and battling for a postseason berth thanks to excellent pitching. The Padres are ninth in team ERA at 3.78 and sixth best in WHIP at 1.21 stop. San Diego's starting rotation has 55 Quality Starts which is second in baseball and the overall pitching staff for the Padres has a .230 batting average allowed which is fourth in baseball. Yu Darvish is leading in both wins with 9 and strikeouts with 120. San Diego will hand the ball to Mike Clevinger on Monday. This season the right-hander is 2-3 with an ERA of 3.38 and 53 strikeouts.




San Diego has the 19th best team batting average at .240, while the Padres are 13th in on-base percentage at .316 and 25th in slugging percentage with .376. The Padres have scored 446 runs which is 15th in baseball. Third baseman Manny Machado is leading San Diego in home runs with 18 and RBIs with 57. Luke Voit is second in home runs for San Diego with 13 and Jake Cronenworth is second in RBIs with 14. Machado has a team-best 103 hits. San Diego has hit 175 doubles, 15 triples and 88 home runs.

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