The Colorado Rockies are in first place in the National League West and recharged after an off day on Monday. Now they’ll head into a three-game series against the team that took two of three games from them at Coors Field in mid-April.
The San Diego Padres have struggled to an 11-16 mark this season, but they looked pretty impressive against the Rockies in Denver from April 10-12. The Padres ended the series with an exclamation mark, shutting out Colorado 6-0. That marked one of only two times the Rockies were blanked in April.
While San Diego may be great for tourists, the city hasn’t always been the friendliest place for the Rockies. In franchise history, Colorado is 95-105 all-time in San Diego. The last two years at Petco Park have seen the Rockies compile a 6-13 mark.
This year, however, the Rockies have Bud Black as their manager. Of course, Black has plenty of experience with San Diego. He played at San Diego State and served as the manager for the Padres from 2007-2015.
The Rockies also have an improved pitching arsenal. Two rookies who have impressed early will be on the hill in San Diego while Mike Dunn could return to a rejuvenated Rockies bullpen during this series as well.
Here’s a look at how the series is shaping up at Petco Park…
Probable Pitching Matchups
Tuesday at 8:10 pm MT
Wednesday at 8:10 pm MT
Thursday at 1:40 pm MT
Notes on pitching matchups: Chatwood continues to show he seems more comfortable on the road than at Coors Field. He has a 7.16 ERA in three Denver starts but has spun a 2.40 road ERA in two starts. That includes a complete game shutout at San Francisco on April 15 when he allowed just two hits.
San Diego also has suited Chatwood well in the recent past. Last year, the 27-year-old right-hander had two impressive outings when starting at Petco Park. He limited the Padres to one earned run in 14.2 combined innings, striking out 12 while surrendering just eight hits.
How to watch or listen
Colorado Radio: KOA
Note: Games are also streaming on MLB.TV
Statistic to know: Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela are not only making a mark with the Rockies but around Major League Baseball as well. They’re among the top two rookie pitchers in several categories, including ERA and innings pitched. How good have they been? According to Elias, Freeland and Senzatela are the only two pitchers in Rockies history to earn three or more wins while maintaining a sub-3.00 ERA within their first five career starts.
Want to know more about the Rockies-Padres series from the San Diego perspective? Check out our FanSided colleagues who operate Friars on Base.