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San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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OPENNER
11

-1.5 -145
CURRENT
10.5o -115

-210
MONEYLINE
+190

2
SCORE
1

The San Diego Padres are in the midst of their best season since 2010, but it won't end with a National League West title.

San Diego (83-68), despite its record, is 21 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball.

The Padres will have to settle for getting into the postseason as a wild card, and that's if they can fend off the Milwaukee Brewers. San Diego leads the Brewers by two games and trails the Philadelphia Phillies by a half-game.

That puts plenty of emphasis on each of the final 11 games for the Padres, including Saturday's matchup at the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

San Diego will send Yu Darvish (15-7, 3.05 ERA) against Chad Kuhl (6-9, 5.48) in a battle of right-handers.

The Rockies won the opener of the three-game series, 4-3 in 10 innings on Friday night.

Darvish is having a stellar season but he hasn't enjoyed success against Colorado. He is 2-4 with a 5.64 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Rockies, and he is 0-1 with a 5.95 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.

Darvish is on a staff that has found a groove down the stretch. The Padres had won five straight before losing a 5-4 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The highlight of the winning streak was Blake Snell's start Wednesday in which he struck out 13 and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 1-0 victory.

Mike Clevinger and Joe Musgrove can also deliver strong starts for San Diego.

"We just build off of each other," Snell said. "We all see it. We all know how good we are, how capable we are to do it every night. That just kind of keeps us going and keeps us hungry and striving to be the best versions of ourselves."

The Rockies (65-86) are playing out the season and giving young players a chance to debut in the majors. It was Michael Toglia in late August, and Friday night it was Ezequiel Tovar, the 21-year-old old considered the franchise shortstop of the future.

Tovar went 2-for-4 with a run in the win on Friday.

The younger players are getting opportunities with first baseman C.J. Cron trying to recover from being hit on the left hand Wednesday, Brendan Rodgers going on the injured list Thursday and Jose Iglesias nursing a sore right thumb.

"The main thing is to try to win today and win tomorrow, for the integrity of the season," manager Bud Black said. "But it was necessitated that we play a bunch of young guys and get them exposed. This will help them and ultimately help us. This gives us a snapshot of what they will look like in the big leagues."

Kuhl likely will make his last home start at Coors Field. He was signed to a one-year deal in the spring and has slumped after a solid start with the Rockies.

He is 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
San Diego Padres
7
4
Colorado Rockies

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Recap JUL 14TH 2022

Randal Grichuk doubled twice and drove in three runs, C.J. Cron and Yonathan Daza had two hits apiece and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 in Denver on Thursday.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-2) tossed two innings of scoreless relief and Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his first save.

The Rockies took advantage of Nabil Crismatt (5-2) in the sixth to break a 5-5 tie. Connor Joe walked, stole second and scored on Jose Iglesias' double. Cron had an RBI single, and after Brendan Rodgers singled, Grichuk doubled off Luis Garcia to make it 8-5.

Trent Grisham homered and Manny Machado and Jorge Alfaro had two hits apiece for San Diego, which is 1-6 in Denver this season.

Cron got things rolling for Colorado in the second inning when he led off with a double to right field. Rodgers walked and Grichuk hit a slow roller past first base for a two-run double and a 2-0 lead.

Grichuk went to third on Daza's flyout and two walks loaded the bases. Joe hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring home another run.

The Padres answered in the third inning. Esteury Ruiz led off with a double and stole third, and Grisham followed with a walk and stole second. Ruiz scored on a sacrifice fly by Ha-Seong Kim while Grisham advanced to third on the play.

He then scored on Jake Cronenworth's sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

San Diego starter Blake Snell ran into control issues in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on, he gave up a single to Garrett Hampson and three straight walks to bring in two and put Colorado ahead 5-2.

Snell allowed five runs on four hits, walked six and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings.

The Padres got even off starter Kyle Freeland in the fifth. Grisham led off with a home run. Kim doubled and came home on Cronenworth's single. Chacin relieved Freeland and gave up an RBI single to Alfaro to tie the game.

Freeland allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.

--Field Level Media

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