The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres will resume a three-game divisional series Saturday night from Coors Field. The Padres will send 27-year old left-hander Joey Lucchesi to the hill, and the Rockies will answer with 27-year old left-hander Kyle Freeland. The Rockies won the 2019 season series 11-8 and San Diego won Friday's opener 8-7.
Lucchesi Looks to Improve Career Record vs. Rockies to 4-2
Joey Lucchesi will be attempting to rebound from a poor outing. Lucchesi conceded two runs on five hits in 3.2 innings against Arizona in his first start of the year on Monday night but managed to escape with the no-decision. The talented left-hander has good stuff and had a very encouraging 2019 season, recording a 4.18 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP to go with a 10-10 record in 30 starts. Lucchesi had issues with the Rockies last year as he was tagged with a 5.73 ERA in four meetings and he stands at 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA in eight career starts against the division foes.
Fernando Tatis Jr. is locked in early this season, collecting seven RBI’s along with .296 average and has notched a base hit in all but one game. The 21-year old shortstop is one of the best young hitters in the Majors and belted 22 homers along with 53 RBI’s in 84 games last year. Tatis Jr. registered a sizzling .386 average with eight RBI’s in 44 at-bats against the Rockies last season.
The Padres schedule is rather interesting. Each of their first seven series’ occurs against NL West foes while most clubs have already played against an interleague opponent. Overall San Diego has looked good so far highlighted by their offensive production.
San Diego's offense is hot and they are third in the big leagues with an average of 6.29 runs per game, placing them ninth in the Majors. They are sporting a 3.43 team ERA, good for third overall.
Kyle Freeland Stifles Rangers, Rockies' Pitching Shines
Rockies' manager Bud Black will have Kyle Freeland make his second start of the season in this one. Freeland earned the Quality Start by holding the Rangers to only two runs in six innings in his season opener start last weekend, leading to the victory. The young left-hander was outstanding in 2018 but took a major step back last year with an ugly 6.73 ERA and 1.58 WHIP to go with a 3-11 record in 104.1 innings pitched. He has posted mixed results in his career against San Diego, filing a 4.09 ERA and a 2-3 record in 44 head-to-head innings.
It’s been a bit of a slow start for Nolan Arenado but he is up against a team he has fared well against. The Rockies star drove in 12 runs against San Diego last season and also walked 11 times. Arenado is only hitting .222 with one RBI entering Friday’s action. He is consistently among the RBI leaders each season and smashed 41 homers along with 118 RBI’s in 2019.
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Colorado’s pitching was their downfall in a disappointing 2019 season but so far their pitching has surprisingly been their greatest strength. They have been inconsistent at the plate but will inevitably find their groove.
The Rockies are only averaging 4.20 runs per game so far this season, ranking them 18th in the Majors. Colorado is second all of baseball with a dazzling 1.84 team ERA.
The San Diego Padres are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Rockies.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games in the second game of a series.
- 3-13 in their last 16 road games.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 games overall entering Friday.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter.
- 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.