Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Kev Hute on Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres Three Game Baseball Set

Rockies vs. Padres Preview

Five of the last six meetings between the Rockies and Padres this year have played UNDER, and the UNDER is 7-3 in SD L 10. The pitching match-up, however, screams OVER with Greg Maddux and Jorge De La Rosa pitching at Coors Field on Monday night.

Colorado (-128, -1.5 at +160) has lost their last 7 games, and it’s safe to assume both they and the Padres are happy to finish up interleague play. The Padres are even in a worse slump having lost 9 of their last 10 games. The difference is San Diego’s recent skid came at home. Now they will head out of town for a week, come home for a week and then gear up for a stretch in July which holds no mercy.

After July 13th they won’t play again at Petco Park until July 28th. I’m talking about11 straight road games to kick off the second portion of the season. Players may already be down about having to leave their families until October. This will provide us with an interesting opportunity coming up as the attitude may be a bit negative San Diego.

The Rockies, on the flip side, are coming home and Troy Tulowitski recently hit his first home run since coming off the DL. Getting that first one out of the way has to feel good for all you Tulowitski aficionados. The fact that De La Rosa has pitched well in his last 3 (2-1, 2.87, 0.96) has to be a good sign for the Rockies as well.

By: Kevn Hute

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