Wil Myers completed the second cycle in Padres history on Monday night, and it came against the Rockies at Coors, just as the only other cycle in Padres’ history has. Behind the solo home run that helped Myers reach the cycle, the Padres were able to beat Chatwood and the Rockies by a score of 5-3. The game saw yet some more struggles from a majority of the Rockies offense and yet another game where a starter was unable to get a quality start.
Through eight games, Kyle Freeland is the only Rockie starter to earn a quality start. While it is positive that the Rockies have still won five games, making the bullpen work like that is just asking for problems later in the year. Chatwood was close to the quality start before the sixth inning came around where he gave up two home runs. That caused him to exit the game early and continued his home struggles from last year.
Chatwood was doing well through five innings, allowing only one run with six strikeouts, but he also walked three in the game and struggled with command. It is only so clear that the Rockies need Senzatela to go out and earn himself a good start on Tuesday and cut the bullpen some slack.
What is also clear is that the Rockies need some offense early and often. The first three batters in the order, Blackmon, LeMahieu, and Gonzalez are all batting under .220 and Trevor Story is hitting only .148. It is early in the season, but the Rockies will definitely benefit if a couple of these guys start to warm up. If it wasn’t for Mark Reynolds, who hit a two-run home run in the ninth, and Gerrardo Parra, the Rockies offense would be almost non-existent through these first eight games.
The Rockies need to win these next two games against the Padres, but that first means winning on Tuesday to keep the series in hand. They send Senzatela to the mound and hopefully an offensive outburst is ready to happen.