The San Diego Padres try to avoid a two-game losing streak when they take on the host Colorado Rockies in the second of a three-game series between National League West rivals on Tuesday night. The first pitch for this game is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at Coors Field in Denver.
The Padres dropped the series opener 3-2, their fifth loss in six games. San Diego fell to 38-30 and is in third place in the NL West, three games behind the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers and four behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.
Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak with Monday’s win, which raised its record to 26-41. The Rockies are in fourth place in the NL West, 11½ games behind the Padres and six games ahead of the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Padres with a moneyline of -235, while the Rockies are listed at +195. The over/under for the game has been set at 11½ runs.
The Padres continued to be inconsistent at the plate on Monday, with the team’s two stars, Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., going a combined 0-for-8. San Diego has scored just nine runs in its last seven losses.
“We’re definitely a frustrated group, but we’re going to go back at it tomorrow,” San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said after Monday’s loss. “We’ve got (Yu) Darvish going tomorrow, and we’re going to come out, swing the bats and be aggressive and see if we can get something going offensively.”
Darvish brings a 6-2 record and 2.28 ERA to his 14th start. He has 92 strikeouts and 19 walks in 79 innings.
The 34-year-old is coming off a tough-luck loss to his former team, the Chicago Cubs, on Wednesday. He went seven innings and allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run, while striking out eight and walking two in a 3-1 defeat.
Tatis is second in baseball with 19 home runs and tied for 12th with 44 RBIs. He had his two-game streak of hitting a home run snapped with Monday’s performance.
Machado has nine home runs and 38 RBIs. He also had a home run in Sunday’s win over the New York Mets before going hitless on Monday night.
Going for More
Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez gets the start for Colorado on Tuesday, hoping to replicate Austin Gomber’s eight shutout innings against San Diego on Monday night. Gonzalez comes in with a 2-4 record and 5.74 ERA, but he’s 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in two starts and five appearances at home.
Gonzalez faced San Diego on the road in May, taking the loss when he went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits, including a pair of solo home runs. He’s coming off a loss in his last outing as well, lasting five innings against Miami and giving up eight runs on 11 hits, including three home runs.
Shortstop Trevor Story had his first RBI since coming off the injured list on Thursday in Monday’s win. Story has played in 55 games, batting .243 with five home runs and 24 RBIs.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-2 with two walks in Monday’s win, extending his hit streak to 13 games. Blackmon is batting .405 in June with two doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.
Padres Even Series
San Diego has a major edge on the mound, with Darvish capable of shutting out the Rockies. The Padres should put some runs on the board against Gonzalez, even if he is a better pitcher at home.
When doing your MLB betting, take San Diego to get the road win.