It was another exciting game in Denver on Saturday night, as the ball was flying all over the yard between the Padres and Rockies. The Rockies went ahead 11-4 on an Ian Desmond grand slam in the 5th inning. After what happened the night before after scoring 11 runs, there was no reason to feel comfortable with the lead, though.
The Padres clawed back in the 6th and 7th to make it interesting yet again. That can’t happen if you want to be a good team, but Coors Field has a habit of making most games interesting regardless of the lead. With the ball carrying in their last two meetings, no lead is safe until the game is complete. In any event, the Rockies came right back and added 3 runs of their own to go up on the scoreboard 14-8.
When the pitching is as erratic as the Rockies have, the offense is always going to have to plug away and carry the load as well. They’d be one difficult team to top if they had anything that resembled the Dodgers’ pitching. Without solid options on the pitching staff, the Rockies are likely always going to be stuck in this mode for a while. It’s imperative to draft effectively, because there are no pitchers who want to sign in Denver with the elevation, naturally.
Nolan Arenado signed an eight-year contract to remain in Colorado this past offseason. He’s going to be having a lot of fun at Coors Field for years to come. If he ever sees a complete pitching staff in that time remains to be seen, though. It’s going to be necessary if Arenado wants a championship ring.
One guy that might usher in an era of good pitching for the Rockies is stating today. Top prospect, Peter Lambert, has gotten his major league career off to a nice start in Denver. He’s made two starts and has been efficient in both. He gets the call to try and close out the weekend on a high note. Head below for our free Padres vs. Rockies pick.
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Peter Lambert has been showcasing why the Rockies are so high on him. As the top prospect in their pitching system, Lambert is expected to produce impressive numbers. He’s certainly been able to give the rotation a lift in the early stages of his major league career. Lambert has made two starts, which came against the Cubs both times, allowed only 7 hits and 2 runs in 13 innings of action. The Cubs have an offense that can get after it, but they faltered in losses of 3-1 and 10-3. Lambert will face just the second team of his young career on Sunday.
He had no issues getting it done at home in his most recent outing. After slowing down the Cubs at Wrigley Field, there were some questions about how Lambert was going to handle Coors Field. He answered the questions brilliantly, as he allowed just 3 hits and 1-run in 5 innings. We’ll see how he handles the Padres on Sunday, but I think he should be solid enough to give the Rockies offense, which has been on fire, enough help to get it done against Nick Margevicius.
Margevicius is a rookie as well, already making 11 starts to just 2 for Lambert. He’s been finding the transition from the minors to majors a bit rough. It was a surprise to see Margevicius in the starting rotation this season, as he never pitched above Single-A prior to this year. Now Margevicius is going to be forced with building up some confidence against this Rockies’ offense at Coors Field.
He enters with an ERA of 5.02 and 1.38 WHIP overall on the season. His last effort was better, but lasted only 3.2 innings before getting pulled. Margevicius owns an ERA of 8.44 with a 1.78 WHIP and .373 OBA in his last three starts. In his first trip to Colorado in his career, don’t expect this to go well for him. Look for Lambert to win this battle of rookies on Sunday to get a win in the series finale for the Rockies.