A National League West showdown concludes Monday, August 31, 2020, when the San Diego Padres (21-15) wrap up their series with the Colorado Rockies (17-17). San Diego sits in second place in the NL West, five games back of the MLB best Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Rockies sit in third place, eight games back. This game will air live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EST.
San Diego has won two of the first three games this series and will look to take the series win Monday night. The Padres won game one 10-4, but Colorado fought back with a tight 4-3-win Saturday night. San Diego grabbed the upper hand in the series with a dominant 13-2 win on Sunday.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
San Diego Padres (-108) at Colorado Rockies (-108)
Pitching Matchup: Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) vs German Marquez (2-4, 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
Garrett Richards has had an up and down season and will need to rebound from a poor last start. Richards faced the Seattle Mariners last time out and lasted just 0.2 innings as the Mariners jumped him for four hits and six earned runs. In his three prior starts, Richards gave up a combined 16 hits and four earned runs in 15.0 innings pitched.
German Marquez has not had a good 2020 so far, but he will look to build off his best start in quite some time last time out. Two starts ago, Marquez gave up 10 earned runs and 10 hits in just five innings of work against the Houston Astros. Marquez bounced back with a six hit, three earned run performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The San Diego Padres are one of the most exciting teams in baseball and they are led by star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. At just 21-years-old, Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with a .315 batting average, a .395 on base percentage, .657 slugging, and 1.052 OPS. Tatis Jr. also leads the team with 13 home runs and 31 RBI’s. The home runs are also tied for the MLB lead, while Tatis Jr. is second in the majors with those 31 RBI’s.
Right fielder Charlie Blackmon leads the Rockies with a .354 batting average and a .401 on base percentage, while shortstop Trevor Story has a team high .581 slugging percentage and .960 OPS. Story leads Colorado with nine home runs and Blackmon leads with 28 RBI’s.
Free MLB Picks: There are going to be a lot of runs scored in this one and I like the San Diego Padres to outslug Colorado and get the win.
2020 Picks Record: 35-27