After being swept in convincing fashion in a two-game series in Houston to open a road trip, the Colorado Rockies now head to familiar territory to battle the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
This will be the first time that the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres have faced each other since a historic run-scoring slugfest in a four-game series in mid-June. In a split, the two teams combined for a Major League-record 92 runs. However, two ninth-inning comebacks by the Padres drained the Rockies bullpen and set the stage for what was to be a disastrous turn of events in the 2019 season.
After the Padres split, Colorado was three games over .500. They meet the Padres this week with a 52-62 mark.
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In this episode of the Rox Pile Rockies Report, fellow co-expert Noah Yingling joins me to talk about what could happen in the San Diego series as well as looking back at some of the problems that once again reared their ugly heads for the Rockies in Houston.
Jon Gray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) is arguably Colorado’s most consistent pitcher this season and will open the San Diego series on the mound on Thursday night. He is 10-3 lifetime against the Padres (his highest number of wins against any Major League team). He is 5-2 against them at Petco Park with a 2.44 ERA.
Gray will be followed by Kyle Freeland (3-9, 7,24 ERA) on Friday. Saturday’s starter will be Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-3, 5.03 ERA) and German Marquez (10-5, 4.82) will finish the series on the mound for the Rockies.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Colorado is 44-43 on the road against San Diego. It’s their only winning road record against an NL West team. Will they keep that number above .500 this series?
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