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San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (-140)
Colorado is 14-6 at Coors Field this season where the Rockies are batting an incredible .352 with a .396 on base percentage (7.3 runs per game). Overall, the Rockies are batting .298 with a .345 on base percentage in 2014 (5.5 runs per game), including hitting .279 with a .333 on base percentage in day games (5.5 runs per game). In contrast, San Diego enters today’s game with an anemic offense that is batting just .221 with a .276 on base percentage (3.0 runs per game), including hitting .199 with a .256 on base percentage on the road (2.6 runs per game) and .204 with a .266 on base percentage in day games (2.3 runs per game).
Colorado starter Juan Nicasio takes the mound in excellent form with a 1.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over his last three starts. Overall, Nicasio is 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this season, including going a perfect 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.17 WHIP at home. Let’s also note that Nicasio is a perfect 3-0 with a career 2.89 ERA and 1.04 WHIP versus the Padres, a period covering six starts. Pro Edge also likes the fact that Nicasio is supported by an improving Colorado bullpen that owns a 2.85 ERA and 1.28 WHIP versus division opponents and a 2.75 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over the last seven games.
With Andrew Cashner landing on the disabled list, the Padres now turn to right-handed rookie Don Roach – one of two long relievers in the bullpen – to make his first career Major League start. Roach will likely be on a 60-pitch limit, which means that San Diego’s bullpen will likely see a lot of action this afternoon. “If it’s an easy 60, he might keep going,” Bud Black said. “But I doubt we’ll take him into the 80s.” One of our favorite angles is to invest against rookie pitchers making their first career start within the unforgiving confines of Coors Field, where the altitude plays games with a pitcher’s head.
Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees (-139)
New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda finds himself in the situation he excels at the most – pitching under the afternoon sun.
Kuroda’s Recent Statistics/Results in Day Games:
2013: 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA and 1.00 WHIP
2012: 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 0.99 WHIP
While Kuroda has a 4.27 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in two afternoon starts this season, he prevailed in both contests. Kuroda is also 5-1 with a career 1.84 ERA and 1.04 WHIP versus the Pirates, including allowing a combined two earned runs in his last 21 innings of work against Pittsburgh. We expect Kuroda to improve upon those career numbers against a weak-hitting Pittsburgh lineup that is batting .222 with a .285 on base percentage on the road and .206 with a .258 on base percentage in day games (2.1 runs per game).
From a technical standpoint, Pittsburgh is a money-burning 5-10 (-5.6 units) in day games and 3-13 (-10.0 units) on the road versus right-handed starters, while Charlie Morton is 15-35 (-16.8 units) as an underdog of +150 or less.
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