Series Preview: Rockies vs. Padres

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Thursday, September 8th 8:10pm: Jeff Hoffman (0-2 6.60 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (1-3 3.29 ERA)

Clayton Richard was used out of the bullpen for the Cubs and he had a lot of success there. Since coming to the Padres, he has moved to a starter role and has had just as much success. In four starts, he has allowed five runs (three earned) in 23 innings. The numbers are solid and his stats against the Rockies are solid as well. Cargo is the only one with a sample size to back up his success (7-29) so this game could go either way. This holds true for the Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman as well. Hoffman is making his first career start against the Padres, but this will also be the most tame offense he has faced since making his debut. Hoffman has gotten better in each start thus far and he will be looking to earn his first career win against a struggling Padres team.

Friday, September 9th 8:40pm: Tyler Chatwood (10-9 3.94 ERA) vs. Luis Perdomo (7-8 5.92 ERA)

Chatwood was not very good in his last start at home, but that has just been the story of his starts at home. When Chatwood is on the road however, he has been much better. Going at a pitchers park like Petco Field and playing a late game like this one, the odds are that Chatwood will rebound strong. Perdomo started as a reliever for San Diego, but has since moved to the rotation. There, he has not had great success and the Rockies will try and do some damage to him to back Chatwood up. This is another game in the series that looks like on the Rockies could win, but there is just no saying how this game could end up with how streaky the Rockies have been. Winning this series is important to stay in the race, but unless the Rockies can go and streak like they did in 2007, they will not stand a chance at making the playoffs.

Saturday, September 10th 6:40pm: Jon Gray (9-7 4.51 ERA) vs. Christian Friedrich (4-10 4.99 ERA)

Friedrich has made only one start this year against the Rockies, but it was probably his best start of the year as he struck out a season high nine batters. He has been trending downward in the last month and a half or so, and the Rockies will try and do much better than they did in their first matchup against him. Jon Gray will also try and rebound from his last outing. Gray was doing really well until the seventh inning when he allowed a big three run home run that eventually lost the Rockies the game. He has certainly had a year that is worth keeping in mind and the Rockies should look forward to Gray being a front of the rotation starter that hopefully leads them to a playoff appearance in the coming years.

Sunday, September 11th 2:40pm: Chad Bettis (12-7 4.88 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (4-5 5.55 ERA)

Bettis’ season has been one filled with highs and lows, great starts and bad starts and every kind of start in between. What Bettis seems to always do well, no matter how many runs he gives up, is get through at least six innings. This has always been good for the Rockies bullpen, and it has been good for Bettis too as the Rockies have given him a good amount of run support. While sweeping this four game set would obviously be ideal, the Rockies need to take at least three of four games. They are favored with the pitching match ups and their offense is certainly better than the Padres, but this is baseball and a couple of bad pitches can turn a game completely around.

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