MLB Picks: Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres: May 9th 2012
MLB Picks: May 9th 2012
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
Pick: San Diego -114
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The Padres have won the first two games of this series and they will be going for the sweep before heading out on the road for a five-game trip. The two wins over the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak and San Diego will be out to hit double-digit wins at home with a victory today. The offense continues to struggle but the pitching has been very solid as San Diego has a 3.37 ERA on the season including 2.94 at home which is the eighth best home ERA in the league.
Colorado has really been struggling as it has lost five straight games as the bats have gone silent of late. The Rockies managed 17 runs in two games against the Braves but the pitching got rocked and since then they have scored only five runs over the last three games. The offense has really struggled on the road as Colorado is hitting only .213 which is tied for the third lowest average in baseball. Even worse is the fact it has scored only 32 runs in 11 games for an average of just 2.9 rpg.
Christian Friedrich will be making his Major League debut on Wednesday which is coming a lot later than expected. He was a first round draft pick in 2008 but he has not lived up to the billing so far. He went 3-6 with a 5.05 ERA in 18 starts in Tulsa in 2010 and 6-10 with a 5.00 ERA in 25 outings in 2011. He has been decent at the AAA level this year, going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts but this is a totally different ballgame. He has a bullpen behind him that has a 4.33 ERA on top of it.
The Padres counter with Anthony Bass who is pitching very well despite not getting the wins. He is just 1-3 but he has posted a 3.51 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in five starts despite coming off his worst outing of the season. He had allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first four starts but was hit hard against Miami, allowing six runs on six hits in six innings. He has faced the Rockies once already this season and three times in his career and has allowed only four total runs covering 15 innings. 3* (906) San Diego Padres -Matt Fargo