The Padres (29-33) have scored 32 runs over their last five after beginning their seven-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. It certainly helps when Kyle Banks is hitting anything but these days batting .435 over his last 6 games where he has hit safely. This afternoon San Diego will look to take the series at Coors facing the Colorado Rockies (33-30) in a middle afternoon matchup.
The Rockies send Juan Nicasio (4-2 4.76) to the mound who has gone winless and extremely vulnerable over his last 3 starts yielding a 5.63 ERA during that span. Nicasio didn't pitch too badly last time out though giving up 3 runs on 5 hits in 6 IP resulting in a no-decision against Cincinnati. If it's a notable coincidence why the Pods are ever so slowly creeping towards .500 you can credit snapping their early season offensive doldrums. Their average has risen to .252 overall and are scoring nearly 4 runs per game complementing the balance in their lineup. Blanks and Everth Cabrera (.300) both lead the team in hitting, while Jedd Gyorko (.286 8 25) has suddenly caught fire tops on the club in production. It seems like Carlos Quentin (.266 7 21) has left his injury and suspension issues behind, but SD learned they may be without Yonder Alonso (.284 6 30) for at least a month due to a broken hand. Nicasio may need to be a bit more economical this afternoon especially if the ball does tend to accelerate more in the thin air the way the Padres especially hit away from Petco.
The Padres counter with a struggling Clayton Richard (1-5 8.38) who had lost 4 consecutive decisions before picking up his first and only win of the season coming in relief during a 17 inning win over Toronto. He hasn't lasted past the 6th inning over his last 6 starts and is yielding a through the roof 11.39 ERA during that span. Those ugly bullpen rumblings have surfaced again as well as a possible outright demotion. Colorado would love nothing better than to duplicate Friday's 10 run output despite blowing a 9-3 lead after 4 innings only to win on a walkoff HR by Nolan Arenado, The Rockies collectively are hitting .271 and are 3rd in the major leagues with 82 HR, although they're going to have to come through more in the clutch this afternoon as evident of their 0 for 15 with RISP in Saturday's loss. Carlos Gonzalez (.304 17 45) is second on the Rockies in hitting and RBI's while tops in HR despite mired in a 2 for 13 slump. Troy Tulowitzki (.346 15 49) is second in the NL in hitting only behind Yadier Molina and could provide more of the spark the Rockies need to square the series. Michael Cuddyer (.339 10 37) has been battling an oblique injury the past few days but has not been put on the DL as of yet. Leadoff speedster Dexter Fowler (.294 10 25) has shown some pop at the top of the lineup for the second straight season but could use more production from Willin Rosario (.245 10 31) who has hit just 3 longballs since May 1st.
The price as you might expect here is relatively expensive with some 30 cents floating around at various smaller books. TO say that Coors may be set up as a launching pad this afternoon is more than just an understatement. San Diego continues to win and produce balanced offense on the road and we know no lead nor deficit is safe at Coors humidor or not. Colorado's lineup is fiercely stacked and we could have another one of those marathons where the last AB could determine the winner at the plate. Best of luck however you play!