San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies
MLB: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8:40 PM EST
Just a lot of pride going on in this game between the Padres and the Rockies, who are out of the playoff picture and have been that was for a while. The Padres have won their last two games before this series and in the one before that they took two of three games from the Rockies in sunny San Diego. They only gave up one run in the last two games of that series and while they entered this series after a shutout win, they had given up 18 runs in their previous two games. Yeah, very consistent.
The Rockies come into this series with two wins in a row where they only totaled four runs, but only gave up two runs. Colorado has gotten back on track a tad recently, but they have been one of the worst teams in MLB in the last few weeks. That is the reason Colorado is in the basement of the NL West and unless they catch fire, they will stay that way to end the season.
Lucchesi looks to repeat gem
In Joey Lucchesi gets the start in this game and in his last outing he pitched a gem at home facing the Rockies tossing six scoreless innings and he only gave up two hits in a 3-0 win. The Padres have won his last four starts where he has been more than solid only giving up four runs in 23 innings of work. After Lucchesi got lit up in his first outing facing Colorado in a San Diego loss the team has won his last two starts facing them where he gave up a grand total of one run. The Padres have won seven Lucchesi’s last 10 starts after a Quality Appearance in his previous start.
The Padres have recently won four of their last five games and mainly because of their pitching. That span began with Lucchesi’s great outing and in their last game before this series blanked the Chicago Cubs winning 4-0 where Manuel Margot went yard and Wil Myers, who has been red hot as of late, had two RBI.
San Diego has won six of their last eight games facing the NL West cellar-dwelling Rockies.
2nd time around
Jeff Hoffman takes his 1-6 record and 7.06 ERA to the mound and he opposed Lucchesi in his last start giving up three runs in five 2/3 innings in the 3-0 Colorado loss. The Rockies have lost his last three starts where he has given up 12 runs in 12 2/3 innings of work. Hoffman has two starts against the Padres this season and while Colorado has lost both of those games he was not rocked giving up four runs in 10 2/3 innings.
Colorado’s pitching has settled down after getting lit up in a recent seven-game losing streak and the staff ranks in the bottom of the pack in MLB in team ERA. They come into this series winning two straight games by a score of 2-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals and they have needed their pitching as their lineup has been decent at best as of late.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 18-45 in their last 63 overall
- 1-7 in their last 8 home games vs. a left-handed starter
- 7-23 in their last 30 vs. National League West 2-6 in their last 8 home games
The San Diego Padres are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record