Series Preview: Rockies (34-22) vs. Padres (22-33)

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Friday, June 2nd 8:10pm: German Marquez (4-2 3.76) vs. Clayton Richard (3-4 4.33)

After struggling through two of his first three starts, Marquez has really settled in and shown why he is in the Rockies rotation. He was a little worse his last time out against St. Louis, but he still earned a win. Clayton Richard has gone, very consistently, with a good start followed by a bad start followed by a good start. If that trend continues, the Rockies will see a Richard that is strong, but obviously pitching doesn’t work that way. The Rockies as a lineup have a .283 batting average against Richard with Parra, Desmond, and Cargo having success against the lefty. It is likely that Parra or Desmond get the day off so Reynolds can play, but either way Bud Black has some people to slot in who have had success.

Saturday, June 3rd 2:10pm: Tyler Chatwood (4-7 5.04) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (4-4 5.77)

The Rockies will face former Rockie Chacin in the second game of the series for what could be a barn burner. Both of these pitcher have had terrific starts this year, but overall they have been bad and are allowing a lot of runs per game. For Chacin, he will try and keep his old club down, but perhaps the familiarity with him will help Colorado out. For Chatwood, he will try and show he still has a place in the rotation. Chatty has been just too inconsistent so far to be considered a mainstay, but perhaps that will change with a good start on Saturday. For Chatwood’s sake, he needs the good start, because Jon Gray’s return is imminent and Jeff Hoffman is still waiting to be called up.

Sunday, June 4th 2:40pm: Tyler Anderson (3-5 5.85) vs. Jarred Cosart (0-1 4.50)

The Rockies will try and close out the series with another Tyler for the Sunday finale. Just like Chatwood, Anderson has not been living up to his expectations this year and suffered another bad start his last time out. He definitely needs to prove his worth as well, though his likelihood of remaining in the rotation, or at the very least being sent down before being dumped, is much more likely. Having two days games against the Padres means the Rockies won’t have to deal with the marine air nearly as much as a night game, and that means these will probably be a couple of more offensive games.

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