Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres
When and Where: Tuesday, April 16, Petco Park, San Diego, Calif., 9:10 p.m. EDT.
Off to an impressive start to his career, Padres rookie Nick Margevicius looks to deliver another quality outing Tuesday night when San Diego completes its two-game series versus the Colorado Rockies.
Gray hoping for run support in bid to avoid fourth loss
Jon Gray (0-3, 4.19 ERA) turned in his best outing of the season last time out but was still saddled with a loss as the Rockies failed to back him with any offense. The right-hander served allowed five hits in 6 2-3 innings Thursday against San Francisco, but the seventh-inning solo homer by Kevin Pillar was enough to result in a 1-0 road loss.
#Rockies Jon Gray Pitch Quality
April 11, 2019
5.09 QOPA (102 pitches)
CU 5.42 QOPA (14 pitches)
FF 5.24 QOPA (49 pitches)
SL 4.78 QOPA (34 pitches)
CH 4.10 QOPA (4 pitches)
FC N/A (1 pitch)@MrGrayWolf22 @spillygoat19 @harding_at_mlb @psaundersdp @RoxPileFS pic.twitter.com/8fQniyzkJg
— MLB Quality of Pitch (@qopbaseball) April 12, 2019
“I wanted to get strike one on Pillar but I left the pitch up too much,” Gray told The Associated Press. “It was a good slider but I just put it in the wrong place and he put a good swing on it.”
He also equaled a dubious National League record by allowing at least one home run for the 15th consecutive start. Gray, who has been backed with one run in his three starts in 2019, has served up 19 gopher balls in 85 1-3 innings during that run.
Though Padres hitters have accounted for three of those round-trippers, Gray has beaten San Diego twice in that span as part of a three-start winning streak against the NL West rival. The righty has gone 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA in eight starts versus the Padres since the start of 2017 and is 8-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 15 career matchups.
Wil Myers is 9 for 26 with a homer and three doubles in their meetings, while newly acquired third baseman Manny Machado went 3 for 7 with a homer in their interleague matchups. Hunter Renfroe has made the most of his three at-bats versus Gray, belting a pair of solo homers.
Margevicius turning heads with solid outings
Margevicius (1-1, 1.69) has made a surprisingly smooth transition to major league pitching considering the 22-year-old started last season at low Single-A. The left-hander has limited opponents to a .161 batting average, and two of the three runs he has given up have scored via solo homers.
Chris Paddack is the first Padres pitcher to begin his career with three starts of one run or fewer since…
Wednesday. Nick Margevicius did it. It had only happened twice before in franchise history. It's happened twice this week.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 13, 2019
Margevicius notched his first victory Wednesday, giving up a solo homer and four other hits in six innings of San Diego’s 3-1 win. He struck out six and threw 54 of his 77 pitches for strikes.
“Going into the game I felt my stuff was going to be all right. I was working in the bullpen on my slider,” the rookie southpaw told The AP. “It wasn’t quite where I wanted it, but once I got into the game and started throwing it a little I got more comfortable with it. I felt pretty confident with my pitches. I felt pretty good.”
The biggest surprise in Margevicius’ three starts is right-handed hitters are just 5 for 39 against him. The lefty has also allowed just two hits in the first through third innings of his starts, and opponents are 1 for 25 in his first time through a lineup.
The Rockies are:
- 1-6 in their last seven games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.
- 0-4 in their last four during game 2 of a series.
- 1-4 in Gray’s last five starts vs. NL West teams.
The Padres are:
- No trends of note.