The San Diego Padres (3-9) and Colorado Rockies (5-6) will close out a three-game National League West series on Wednesday night inside Coors Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:40 ET

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The Colorado Rockies are hoping that outfielder Carlos Gonzalez breaks out against the San Diego Padres Wednesday night

San Diego has dropped four of five games on its current road trip, including a 5-3 defeat to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.  The Padres have still managed to win five of their last six games in this series at Coors Field, but are still just 67-75 all-time when playing at the venue.  Coming into last night’s contest, the club was tied for first in the Majors in walking 50 times, but also paced the league in striking out 97 times.  San Diego is 22-35 as a road underdog of +125 to +150 the last two-plus seasons.

Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (1-0, 2.77 ERA) picked up a no-decision in his latest effort against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road, giving up eight runs (four earned) and six hits over six innings of work in a 9-8 loss.  The left-hander will be facing the Rockies for the 10th time in his career, going 1-3 with a 5.05 ERA in nine career starts, including a disastrous 0-2 mark and 7.89 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.

Colorado finishes up a nine-game homestand against divisional opponents tonight, as it looks to win consecutive games for the second time this year.  The Rockies have also gone “under” the total in three straight contests.  Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup last night after missing a couple games due to illness, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, as he looks to improve upon his .286 average against Richard (6-for-21).  Colorado is 24-15 as a home favorite of -150 to -175 the last two-plus seasons.

Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio (0-0, 6.52 ERA) will be looking to move past a rough outing in his last home start on April 13, allowing six runs and five hits over 2.2 innings of work, with the team ultimately winning a 7-6 contest over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He will be making his third career start versus the Padres, coming in with a 1-0 record and 2.08 ERA.  Nicasio’s last home effort was a bit surprising due to his 4-1 record and 1.98 ERA at Coors Field in seven outings a year ago.

Bettors will likely back the Rockies due to their 7-1 mark in Nicasio’s last eight home starts, while the Padres are 0-4 in Richards’ last four starts as a underdog of +110 to +150.

Recommendation: Colorado Rockies -150

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