San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, 6.10 P.M. MT
The Rockies (53-77) look to cool off the red-hot San Diego Padres (62-71) tonight at Coors Field. The Padres have won 10 of their last 11 games, and have had back-to-back winning months, including going 18-10 in August. Trying to buck the trend tonight is Rockies hurler Jhoulys Chacin (1-4, 5.55 ERA). In his last start against the Chicago Cubs on August 26, he went 5 innings with only 1 ER but got zero offensive support in a 5-0 rain-shortened loss. Prior to that game on August 21 against the New York Mets, Chacin went 6 innings with 4 hits and only 1 ER in a 6-2 Rockies victory. Chacin in his career against the Padres is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 3 starts, all at home.
He will face the Padres Edinson Volquez (9-9, 4.10 ERA). In his last start August 26 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went 7 innings with only 2 ER in a 5-4 Padres win. Volquez has won his last 2 starts against the Rockies, including on June 30 at Coors Field when he pitched 6 innings, with 1 ER, 3 hits, 6 walks and 8 K’s in a 8-4 Padres victory.
Easily the 2 hottest hitters on the Padres currently are Will Venable and Cameron Maybin. In his last 10 games, Venable is batting .447 with 11 runs scored. Maybin has been even hotter, in his last 11 games he is hitting .459 (including 3 hits last night). At Coors Field he is batting .323, including 3 HR and 9 extra-base hits in 17 career games. However he has struggled versus Chacin, where he is lifetime 1 for 8.
Wilin Rosario will look to continue his outstanding year at the plate. Over his last 10 games, he is hitting .333 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. He has 23 HR for the season so far, which is a new franchise record for a catcher and he is only 2 HR’s short of Todd Helton‘s club rookie record. Against the Padres. Rosario is batting .346 with 3 HR and 8 RBI’s in 8 games.
Wilin Rosario C
Tyler Colvin RF
Chris Nelson 3B
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Jhoulys Chacin P
Will Venable RF
Cameron Maybin CF
Edinson Volquez P