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Doc's Sports Thursday MLB Free Play!
Thursday MLB Free Play from Doc’s Sports Take #956 San Diego Padres over Colorado Rockies (Thursday, 6:40pm EST) Two middling teams from the NL West battle it out in San Diego as the Rockies and Padres close out a four-game series on Thursday. We’re less than three weeks into the 2014 season, but it hasn’t taken long to get some separation amongst the competitors in the NL West. The Dodgers and Giants have distanced themselves at the top, the Diamondbacks are the worst team in baseball at the bottom, and that leaves the Pads and Rockies right in the middle. There isn’t a lot that separates these two teams as far as overall ability, but San Diego has some value today for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they have the edge on the mound with Ian Kennedy. The veteran right-hander is rounding back into his old form from his Diamondback days where he had three very good seasons. He’s cut his walks down significantly so far and his strikeout rate is better. He’s also getting a few more groundballs. Add it all up, and we should see a pitcher with an ERA in the low 3’s if he can keep it up. Franklin Morales goes for Colorado and is getting a second chance in the rotation due to the injury to Brett Anderson. Morales has had trouble maintaining consistency his entire career and so far in 2014 he’s been plain bad. He comes in with a 6.39 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in three appearances. But most troubling is his excessive walk rate at five batters per nine innings. Both of these offenses are comparable when you adjust for park effects. Colorado is a team that has thrived on home field advantage is Coors over the years, but they don’t have that here today. The Padres are a bit better overall, have the better pitching matchup and are playing in Petco. Put it all together and we should get a victory from San Diego.
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