Series Preview: Padres vs. Rockies

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Friday, June 10th 6:40pm: Andrew Cashner (3-5 4.78 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (4-2 5.16 ERA)

Dating back to May 2nd, Jon Gray has been terrific, having quality starts in all but one of his 7 starts. Gray has struck out 10 or more batters in three starts this season and, if he qualified for it, would rank tenth in K/9 with 10.49. Cashner has two starts against the Rockies this year has pitched well in both, but they were also in San Diego. This start at Coors Field could see a very different result, especially if Gray continues his dominance.

Saturday, June 11th 2:10pm: Erik Johnson (0-2 6.94 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (7-4 2.79 ERA)

Johnson has only made two starts this season and has lost both of them. With a 6.94 ERA and coming to Coors Field, the Rockies offense will have a chance to rally for a high scoring game. However, Chatwood has not pitched that great at Coors Field so they may need all of the offense they can get. If Chatwood can pitch like he does on the road, this would be an easy win for the Rockies, that is a big “if” though.

Sunday, June 12th 2:10pm: Christian Friedrich (3-1 2.57 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (2-3 5.48 ERA)

Butler has been an anomaly this year. Some games he pitches well early and gives up late runs. Some games he gives up early runs and settles down to let the Rockies compete. Some games he dominates and some games he collapses. What Eddie Butler will show up for Sunday’s game is a crapshoot. If the Rockies want to win this game, they will likely need the dominant Butler as Friedrich has been terrific this year, especially against the Rockies. The lefty has been working his curveball with great consistency and ability to strike guys out. He is a much different pitcher than he was with the Rockies, but any pitcher can collapse at Coors.

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