Rockies Look to Gain on First Place Padres in Saturday MLB Betting

March 14th, 2024 Betting on MLB Baseball

The Colorado Rockies are very much in the National League West race and they will try and get close to the San Diego Padres as the teams meet in Saturday MLB betting action. It is the second game of a three-game series between the two teams.  The Rockies will be a small home favorite in baseball betting odds in what should be a great matchup.

MLB betting odds almost always favor the Rockies when they are at home. Colorado is a far better team at Coors Field than they are on the road.  They will get tested in this series by a San Diego team that can win on the road. The Padres are expected to send Wade LeBlanc to the mound on Saturday night.  He has allowed three runs or less in his last four starts but doesn’t have a win to show for his work. He gave up just one run last time out against the Astros and got a no-decision. He is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in his last three starts.  He is 4-6 on the season but his ERA is a very nice 3.10. He is 1-1 in his career against the Rockies with a 4.42 ERA.

Jason Hammel gets the start for Colorado. He is 6-3 on the season with a 4.18 ERA.  He was great last time out against the Giants for seven innings but then gave up a couple of home runs and got a no-decision.  He struck out eight and walked just one in that game.  He is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in his last three starts. He is 1-0 in his career against the Padres with a 5.17 ERA.

Before yesterday’s game, The Rockies had won 11 of the last 20 against the Padres in MLB betting.  The teams have not played in Colorado since early in the season when the Rockies took two of three.

San Diego is in first place in the National League West because of their pitching staff. They are first in the league in ERA.  San Diego is just 22nd in runs scored but they have been finding enough offense to win games in baseball betting.  They should be able to score at Colorado against a Rockies pitching staff that is just average after Ubaldo Jimenez.   The Rockies are 13th in the league in ERA but without Jimenez they are below average. Colorado can score some runs though as they are 8th in the league in runs per game.


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