Padres vs. Rockies prediction and odds for Wednesday, August 2 (Never Give Up)

The Padres are like Journey, they don't stop believing and neither should you.

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (44)
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (44) / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

All might seem lost for the 53-55 San Diego Padres, but yesterday they got an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies and they added at the trade deadline bringing in Rich Hill and Ji-Man Choi from Pittsburgh and Scott Barlow from Kansas City. The Padres aren’t folding even though they sit five games back of the final Wild Card spot with four teams to jump. 

For today’s matchup against the 42-65 Rockies, the Padres will send Joe Musgrove to the mound against Kyle Freeland. Musgrove will make his 18th start for San Diego and has a 10-3 record and 3.05 ERA. Freeland on the other hand is 4-11 in 20 starts with a 4.79 ERA. 

The Padres are big favorites after continuing to load up for a postseason push, so let’s check out the odds.

Padres vs. Rockies odds, run line and total

Padres vs. Rockies prediction and pick

Yesterday, Juan Soto led the way with two home runs in the 8-5 win, but he’s not likely to carry the offense against the left-handed Freeland today. Soto is good, but not great against lefties, however, as a team the Padres are great at hitting left-handers. They are sixth in team OPS against lefties led by Fernanado Tatis Jr, Manny Machado, and surprisingly, Ha-Seong Kim. Gary Sanchez also has a .901 OPS against lefties and a team high six home runs despite only having 56 at-bats. 

Musgrove is having a fantastic season for the Padres. He went six scoreless last time out and is approaching 100 innings on the year. He has 97 strikeouts to just 21 walks in his 97.1 innings with only 10 home runs given up. While there are plenty of big name bats on the Padres roster, the pitchers are actually the strength of the team. In the last 30 days they have the lowest ERA of any pitching staff in the league at 3.21. 

The Rockies are surprisingly 12th over that stretch at 4.09, but Freeland hasn’t been a big help to that cause. He has surrendered 17 home runs in 107 innings with 66 strikeouts to 34 walks. The Padres are a good team, even though they’re under .500. I have faith in the team with the third best run differential in the NL. 

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