Colorado vs San Diego Odds, Picks & Predictions MLB

Colorado vs San Diego | Odds, Picks & Predictions MLB

Written by on August 3, 2022

The San Diego Padres clearly were the big winners from Tuesday’s MLB Trade Deadline as they acquired young superstar Juan Soto and another very good hitter in Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals as well as Brandon Drury from the Reds. They all should make their Padres debuts Wednesday vs. Colorado. Here is a preview of the game for your MLB Odds.

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Why Bet on Colorado?

The Rockies were quiet ahead of the Trade Deadline, which is strange as they are going nowhere this season. The team was rumored to be listening on closer Daniel Bard but instead signed him to a contract extension. Bard has converted the save in each of his last 13 opportunities since May 18, allowing two earned runs over 25.1 innings across that span (0.71 ERA). He has allowed just 11 hits (.126 opponent average) with 14 walks and 25 strikeouts.

Colorado has placed former NL MVP Kris Bryant back on the injured list with foot issues. It’s already the third IL trip of the year for Bryant, who inked a seven-year, $182 million contract with the Rockies over the winter. Since returning from his second IL stint due to a back injury, Bryant has been on an absolute tear at the plate. Through his first 17 games with Colorado, Bryant hit .270/.342/.333 without a home run. Since returning from his back troubles, however, Bryant has hit to the tune of a .330/.398/.567 clip with five home runs and eight doubles in 108 trips to the plate.

Especially late in the first half, the Rockies were a far better team with Bryant than without him. His presence and general improved overall play had the Rockies entering the second half hoping to climb into the National League Wild Card race. The team has struggled, however, coming out of the All-Star break. After going well above .500 with Bryant available before the break, the Rockies are 2-7 in games he has played since the break to slide to 20-22 with him on the field.

It’s Chad Kuhl (6-6) on the bump here. Kuhl surrendered five runs with three strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the Dodgers last Friday. He didn’t do himself any favors by issuing four walks. Will Smith got to him first with a two-run homer in the first inning. Trayce Thompson followed with another two-run shot in the second. After walking two batters in the third, Freddie Freeman crossed home plate to score on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Lux. Kuhl hit a batter and issued a walk with two outs in the fourth before he was replaced on the mound. The 29-year-old right-hander will take a 4.78 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts across 98 innings into this game.

Kuhl has not pitched more than five innings since his complete-game shutout vs. the Dodgers on June 27, going 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA (20.2 IP, 20 ER) over his last five starts. He is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA (9.0 IP, 8 ER) in two starts vs. the Padres this season. He lost at Petco Park in the first game of a June 10 doubleheader.

Why Bet on San Diego?

The Padres got so much better Tuesday in landing Juan Soto and Josh Bell from Washington and Brandon Drury from Cincinnati. Soto, 23, will have two additional years of team control remaining after this season. Since making his big-league debut during the 2018 season, he’s emerged as one of the best hitters in baseball. Entering Tuesday, he’d hit .291/.427/.538 (160 OPS+) with 119 home runs for his career. Soto, a two-time All-Star, was part of the Nationals’ 2019 World Series-winning club. San Diego also gets much needed help at the right field spot, where they have gotten just three home runs this season.

Bell is batting .301/.384/.493. He entered Tuesday tied for third in the National League in multihit games, fourth in on-base percentage, fifth in batting average, sixth in hits, seventh in weighted on-base average (wOBA) and OPS, and eighth in weighted runs created plus (wRC+). He’s hitting .285 against left-handers and .311 against righties.

The return package going to the Nationals includes prospects left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana. Washington also gets first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit.

Drury — who can play third base, second and both corner-outfield spots — has mashed lefty pitching this season, slashing .309/.346/.670 with nine homers in 97 at-bats. He’s hitting .274/.335/.520 with 20 homers in 92 games overall.

Don’t forget the Padres also acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from Milwaukee on Monday. San Diego has never won a World Series and still isn’t the favorite, but once Fernando Tatis Jr. gets back from injury, good luck beating the Friars.

It will be lefty Blake Snell (3-5) on the mound. Snell tossed six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts in a 10-1 win over the Twins last Friday. Byron Buxton took him deep for a solo shot in the fourth inning to score the only run for Minnesota. Snell generated 17 whiffs to strike out seven batters. The 29-year-old has 4.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts over 61 innings. All three of Snell’s wins this season have come in July — he’s gone 3-0 this month with eight runs allowed in 25.2 innings, a notable improvement compared to how he started the campaign.

Snell is 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA in 14.1 innings this year against Colorado.

Expert Prediction

  • Padres 6, Rockies 3

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