NL West rivals will square off on Wednesday in the third of a four-game series as the Colorado Rockies (46-60) take on the San Diego Padres (60-46). The Padres will host this one at Petco Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 pm ET.
It was a whirlwind of a trade deadline for the San Diego Padres as they acquired Juan Soto, Josh Hader, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury, and signed an extension with Joe Musgrove. Despite all of the excitement, the Padres were still able to take both games of a doubleheader against the Rockies Tuesday, winning 13-5 and 3-2.
In the first game, Yu Darvish took the win for the Padres, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth both homered in the win.
For the Rockies, Randall Grichuk and Brendan Rodgers both homered, but all four of their pitchers in the game gave up at least two runs, with Jake Bird being saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in 2.1 innings.
In the nightcap, Trent Grisham was the hero hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth. Josh Hader picked up the win, firing a scoreless ninth.
Alex Colome took the loss for the Rockies. Offensively, Ryan McMahon and Jose Iglesias both had two hits, but the team could muster little else.
The Padres are the heavy favorites playing at home Wednesday. They are -310 to win while the Rockies’ moneyline sits at +275. The runline features Colorado +1.5 (+140), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.
Rockies Looking To Next Season
At 46-60, the Rockies have fallen to dead last in a loaded NL West, 25.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the only team in MLB to not make a trade before the deadline, the Rockies were content to stand pat to finish the season.
While the postseason is unrealistic at this point, the Rockies will look to finish strong, possibly playing spoiler for teams as they pursue a playoff spot. First, Colorado will have to improve on its road record, which stands at a dreadful 16-33 (worst in the NL).
Offensively, the team is led by C.J. Cron. In 395 at bats, he is hitting .278/.331/.514 with a team-leading 22 home runs, 72 runs batted in, and 58 runs scored.
Charlie Blackmon has also had a decent season hitting .268/.320/.462 with 16 home runs, 59 runs batted in, and 51 runs scored.
Manager Bud Black will send righty Chad Kuhl to the mound Wednesday. On the season, the 29-year-old is 6-6 in 19 games with a 4.59 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, and he has 72 strikeouts in 98 innings.
Kuhl was roughed up in his last outing against the Dodgers. He went just 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits in just 3.2 innings.
New Look Padres Gear Up For Postseason
When healthy, the Padres will now feature a lineup that consists of Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Josh Bell, Jake Cronenworth, and others. Needless to say, for a team that ranks 17th in scoring (4.36 runs per game), their offense is bound to improve.
For Soto, he is having a down year by his standards, but he is still hitting .246/.408/.485 with 21 home runs, 46 runs batted in, and 62 runs scored. Josh Bell, the other piece of the trade with the Nationals, is hitting .301/.384/.493 with 14 home runs and 57 runs batted in.
While Tatis has still not returned from injury, those three will join a team that is currently led by Manny Machado offensively. This season, he is hitting .288/.364/.501 with 18 home runs, 58 runs batted in, and 66 runs scored.
Against Kuhl, Machado is hitting .364 in 11 at bats with a home run. Jake Cronenworth and Trent Grisham have also homered off the righty in their careers.
On the mound for the Padres on Wednesday will be lefty Blake Snell. In 12 games, he is 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and has 78 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Snell has been strong as of late, winning back-to-back games over the Twins and Mets. In 11 combined innings, he has allowed just one run and struck out 12 in that span.
Take San Diego To Win And Cover
There is just not a ton to like in this one for the Rockies. They are 1-6 in their last seven games, and they are 1-4 in their last five road games. Even worse, they are 2-6 in their last eight road games at Petco Park.
Meanwhile, the Padres have been strong at home this season (30-22) and have won six of their last ten games overall. Especially if Blake Snell continues his strong string of outings, the Padres should not only win this one, but they should cover the -1.5 runline (-160) as well.