Ubaldo Jimenez will be favored in baseball gambling odds as he goes for his 15th win of the season on Friday as the Colorado Rockies host the San Diego Padres.
Although Jimenez has a 14-1 record and an ERA of 2.27, he has not pitched that well lately so the Padres have a chance in this MLB gambling matchup.
Jimenez has given up 17 runs in his last 17 2/3 innings but the Rockies have bailed him out each time and he has not suffered a loss. In fact, he is still 1-0 in his last three starts although his ERA is 8.66. He is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA against the Padres this season and in his career against San Diego he is 7-3 with a 3.61 ERA.
Kevin Correia is expected to get the start on Friday for the Padres. He is 5-6 on the season with a 5.05 ERA. He is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 4.15 ERA. He is just 2-5 in his career against the Rockies with a 4.74 ERA.
The Rockies have won 11 of the last 19 games against San Diego. This is just the second series in Colorado between the two teams this season. The Rockies took two of three at Coors Field back in April. The last six meetings between the teams have been in San Diego and the Rockies won four of the six. Five of those six games went over the total but it should be noted that all three of the games back in April in Colorado went under the total.
San Diego has been an amazing team this season. Picked for last in the National League West, the Padres have shocked everyone and stayed in first place. It is now July and the Padres are no longer a fluke. San Diego has shown they can win at home and on the road. They have a very good pitching staff and they find ways to score enough runs to win.
The Rockies are still in the mix in the National League West because of Jimenez and because they play well at home. The Rockies have been far better at home this season than on the road so this will be a key series for them to win against the first place Padres.