Wednesday was a day to forget and delete out of the Rockies’ memory. After beating the Chicago Cubs in two straight games, the Cubs got the last word in with an easy 5-0 win. Antonio Senzatela was way off the mark, as he gave the game away in the 2nd inning. The Cubs scored 5 runs on him and that was essentially it for the Rockies. They didn’t show much fight and laid down to accept a beating. Colorado had to wait for the 9th inning to find the scoreboard. They scored a lone run to avoid getting shutout, but it wasn’t a good look for the Rockies all game long.
The offense that made it look so easy against Jose Quintana the night before was suddenly silent. Perhaps a little less celebrating was in order for the Rockies. They looked quite content with taking two out of three from the Cubs and not going for the sweep. However, the Rockies dug a bit of a hole for themselves with a slow start in 2019, so they have to avoid getting content with playing good baseball for a couple of days and then letting up.
The San Diego Padres are looking to snap a lengthy four-game losing streak in Colorado this evening. A record below .500 isn’t exactly what the Padres envisioned when they signed Manny Machado, but throwing top money at a guy does not solve multiple holes.
If that were the case the Angels and Phillies would be clear-cut favorites to meet in the World Series. There is still a need for others in the offense to help out and make this a more cohesive unit. Chris Paddack hopes to pan out as an ace for the Padres, but overall, I’d say that improvements are needed there as well. Matt Strahm is expected to return to the rotation for San Diego against the Rockies here. He missed a start after getting rocked vs the Marlins in his most recent appearance. The Rockies are expected to counter with Jon Gray. Head below for our free Padres vs. Rockies pick.
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Matt Strahm was dealing with discomfort after straining his rib and went on the 10-day IL following the injury. Thankfully it wasn’t major, though, and Strahm is able to return tonight after a short stint on the IL. For the Padres, they’re hoping that there aren’t going to be any complications for Strahm tonight because they are likely going to need a strong pitching performance.
The Rockies were nearly shutout yesterday against the Cubs. Their offense failing to perform in two straight games is unlikely to happen at home. Strahm enters with a turbulent ERA of 6.61 in his last three outings. Dangerously enough, the deep ball has been a major problem for Strahm.
Pitchers who have trouble keeping the ball in the park are not going to like pitching at Coors Field. He’s never started a game here, so this is going to be an interesting environment for Strahm. Playing in a pitcher’s friendly park in San Diego hasn’t helped much, either. He has allowed two home runs in each of his last three games for a total of 6 dingers yielded in 16.1 innings of play. Don’t expect his stuff to translate well in Denver against the Rockies tonight.
The one complication for the Rockies in this game is going to be the status of Nolan Arenado. He was drilled with a pitch on his forearm and had to exit the contest. It doesn’t appear to be too serious, more of a bad bruise than anything, but he may be unavailable against Strahm on Thursday.
However, the Rockies still have plenty of firepower on their lineup to handle the Padres. The Padres’ bullpen hasn’t been doing much, as they hold an ERA of 4.40 on the season. Conversely, the Colorado relievers have a 3.91 ERA for 7th in the majors. Gray will get the starting nod and he has been solid, posting an ERA of 3.06 in his previous three outings.
He’s one of the few pitchers out there who like pitching at Coors. Gray has been good with a 3.00 ERA as opposed to 5.06 on the road in 2019. In his last 12 innings in Denver, Gray has allowed 2 runs and 7 hits to the opposition. The Padres have been a disappointment offensively this year, averaging just 3.9 runs per game for 26th in the majors. They’re hitting .227 compared to .257 for the Rockies. Look for the home team to pick themselves up and bounce back after a poor showing on Thursday afternoon.