Colorado lost three games in a row, but the Rockies are still in better shape than the Padres, who are on the verge of suffering their 10th consecutive defeat. San Diego suffered a complete pitching meltdown and will be under a lot of pressure against the hard-hitting Rockies at Petco Park.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.05
The hosts will give the ball to Edinson Volquez who has split his 12 decisions this season and conceded an average of more than five runs per game. Against Colorado he is absolutely atrocious and lost all three decisions while posting an ERA of 13.22, which is hardly good news ahead of this fixture. The Padres are having a hard time scoring runs, while their starting pitchers rarely make it to the fifth inning and this only amplifies the pressure on players from the bullpen.
The visiting team has its own defensive woes but they can put all their worries behind them, if Tyler Chatwood bounces back after a disheartening defeat. He is 4-2 in 2013 and concedes on average less than three runs per match, but his last outing was a complete disaster. He was tagged for six runs in a 10-8 defeat to the Dodgers and didn’t give his team a fighting chance, something that he will try to avoid tonight.
The Western division is the least competitive one this season and the fact that San Diego has sunk to the bottom place says a great deal about their form. Despite losing nine consecutive games, bookmakers regard them as favorites to win, which makes it even more tempting to back Colorado at odds of 2.05 with Winner Sports.