The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies have two more games in this three-game series at Coors Field. The first meeting resulted in an upset, as the Rockies held off a late rally by the Padres to win 3-2. It took 9 innings for the Padres to find the scoreboard. The Rockies carried a 3-0 lead going into the final frame, with the Padres making things interesting after scoring 2 runs off closer Daniel Bard.
Auston Gomber was lights out and in top form through 8 innings. He had a standout performance for the Rockies with 3 hits and no earned runs conceded. Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. were both held off the stat sheet, as neither were able to record a hit, finishing a combined 0-for-8 at the dish.
San Diego goes into this one with a record of 38-30 and a four-game deficit behind the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the NL West. I can’t say this is what the Padres were looking for as we reach mid-June. They put a team together that is ready to compete and win in the NL West. Beyond the division, the Padres spent World Series money to bring a championship to San Diego.
The Padres are playing in a tough division with the Giants and Dodgers, and have failed to keep pace thus far. There’s a lot of track left in 2021, though, so I might be talking about a different scenario in a few months. I can’t see the Padres sitting idle at the trade deadline. They’ve been big spenders over the last year, and will likely buy to improve their roster. That doesn’t always work, but we’ll see what the Padres do to try to keep pace in the NL West.
Forget about the Rockies, as big wins like they had last night are usually far and few between. The Rockies ended a four-game losing streak last night for only their second win in the last seven outings. The Padres have in fact been cooler than the Rockies recently. They’re losers in seven of their last nine games, and a loss against the Rockies might have been the lowest they’ve gotten during this stretch. Head below for our free Padres vs. Rockies pick on June 15, 2021.
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How much lower can the Padres sink in June? A loss against Chi Chi Gonzalez would surpass the loss last night with Austin Gomber on the hill. Gonzalez has not been in the best of form this season, nor has that been the case for him in his career. Through five seasons, Gonzalez has posted an ERA of 5.27 and 1.47 WHIP. He’s been holding that same abysmal form this season as well.
Going into Tuesday evening, Gonzalez has notched an ERA of 5.74 and 1.48 WHIP, so he’s trending just a bit worse than his career numbers. Working in his favor against the Padres is that he’s liked pitching at Coors Field. You aren’t going to find many pitchers that care to pitch in Denver, but Gonzalez hasn’t minded the altitude.
He has a 2.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 21.3 innings at home, whereas Gonzalaz has a 7.59 ERA and 1.59 WHIP on the road. It hasn’t mattered much recently, though, as he’s been struggling on the road and at home. He’s been getting beaten up pretty good as of late with 13 earned runs allowed in his last 12.1 innings on the mound. That equates to an ERA of 10.03 and 2.06 WHIP in his previous three starts.
Yu Darvish provides a big challenge for the Rockies in this one. Darvish has been on point with a 2.28 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 79 innings. In 13 starts this season, Darvish has conceded more than 2 earned runs on only one occasion against the Houston Astros in a 11-8 win on May 29. Darvish was flawless in his most recent outing versus the Rockies. He allowed 4 hits and no earned runs in a 7-0 win on May 17. Overall, the Rockies are hitting just .161 versus Darvish in 80 at-bats. Look for the Padres to get on track at Coors Field tonight.