Two of the worst teams in all of Major League Baseball hook up at Petco Park on Monday when the 36-54 San Diego Padres entertain the 33-56 Houston Astros. Houston was swept at the 49-40 San Francisco Giants this weekend falling 3-2 in Sunday's series finale. The Astros tied the game up on Chris Johnson's RBI-double, but SF struck an inning laterÂ while Houston never could light the lamp again. The Astros registered their first run on a Giants error allowing Marwin Gonzalez to come in to score.
Elsewhere on Sunday in Southern California SD socked the 48-42 Los Angeles Dodgers in the face with a 7-2 win to take a three-gameÂ away series. The Padres squared the game on Carlos Quentin's fielder's choice during the top of the fourth. An LA error began a three-run seventh inning for San Diego who also tallied a run on Alexi Amarista's RBI-single. Chase Headley's home run during the top of theÂ eighth along with Quentin's sacrifice fly and Yonder Alonso's RBI-single during the ninth capped the Padres' offensive explosion.
SD goes with 1-2 Kip Wells and a 2.50 ERA next. Wells has lost, won and lost his first three starts of the year at Houston, at the 34-54 Colorado Rockies and to the 49-38 Cincinnati Reds giving up a total of eight runs, five earned, during 18 innings. One of those was a Padres shutout win and another was a Padres shutout loss.
The Astros are 8-for-23 with four RBIs on Wells while Houston sends out 6-9 J.A. Happ and a 5.14 ERA to the mound on Monday. Happ hasn't seen San Diego this season. The Padres are 15-for-46 with five RBIs, three Jeremy Hemida's and two Chris Denorfia's, versus Happ overall. Happ is 0-4 on the road this yearÂ losing to the 36-52 Chicago Cubs, Dodgers, 49-39 Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco yielding 19 runs, 18 earned, during 20.2 innings. The Astros are 1-5 in Happ's away appearances altogether. Despite that I'll go with underdog Houston here.