It was an ugly display put on by the Colorado Rockies last night in San Diego. The Padres showed no quit against a postseason contender, as they blew the Rockies out of the water by a score of 7-0. The Rockies looked like they’d rather be on the beach near the water in San Diego on Friday night. Not the best effort for a team fighting to reach the postseason. They absolutely have to be better than that in winnable games.
That was a winnable game for the Rockies last night, but no one wanted to play. There isn’t blame to go around to any particular player. The pitching was bad and the hitting was bad from everyone. This loss is on the heels of a tight 3-2 loss Thursday night against the Padres.
The least they can do is hope for a split now. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are certainly happy with the Padres. Along with the pennant race in the NL West, the Rockies are in the mix for a wildcard. They’re 1.5 behind the Diamondbacks for 1st in the division and 3 back of a wildcard.
Either scenario is going to be tough to pull off, but if they continue to lose games like last night, they’re only going to have themselves to blame. The Rockies enter with a record of 1-4 in their last five games, so they have to pick it up now that it’s September. A team with nothing to lose like the Padres can be a thorn in teams like the Rockies who are looking for the postseason. Jon Gray is expected to get the Rockies back on track tonight. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin. Get our free Rockies vs. Padres pick below.
Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres Pick
Jon Gray (10-7, 4.76 ERA) vs. Robbie Erlin (3-4, 3.69 ERA)
The offense has to come to life for the Rockies tonight. They’ve been a funk, which they hope is just their last rut before going on an epic run all the way to the top of the NL West. The best teams in the majors go through funks, it’s just a matter of when it happens. If it continues, this would be the worst possible time for the bats to get cold.
After scoring 2 runs Thursday and the offense squandering away a win, they were blanked by the Padres last night. Robbie Erlin enters with a decent ERA of 3.69. He’s coming off a rough outing against the Dodgers, though, where he allowed 8 hits and 4 runs in 4.2 innings of work. He owns a 5.17 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in his previous three starts.
Jon Gray has had a solid career against the Padres. They’re hitting .248 against Gray in 145 at-bats. Gray must keep the ball down because he’s been getting hurt by the long ball. Despite a solid 0.95 WHIP in his last three starts, he also has a 4.50 ERA which could be better.
Gray allowed 2 home runs in his last outing to the Angels and 1 to the Padres at home. Overall, though, he looked sharp against the Padres, allowing just 2 runs in a 6-2 win for the Rockies. The Padres are 25th in the majors with 0.94 home runs per game, so he doesn’t have to worry about the long ball too much. PetCo Park is also a much friendlier pitcher park than Coors Field. Look for the Rockies to get a needed bounce back performance Saturday in San Diego against the Padres.