Series Preview: Padres (40-51) vs. Rockies (53-41)

Monday, July 17th 6:40pm: Luis Perdomo (4-4 4.54) vs. German Marquez (6-4 4.36)

While the Rockies are just trying to avoid losing too much ground, the Padres are rolling for the first time this year and have won seven of their last ten games. They have had success against Colorado this year and their series opening starter Luis Perdomo has had success as well. Marquez, on the other side of things, had a rough outing his one time out against the Padres. With the last series for the Rockies being a rough one, they will just be trying to take the final game momentum into this series to hopefully take two of three from San Diego.

Tuesday, July 18th 6:40pm: Dinelson Lamet (3-3 5.93) vs. Antonio Senzatela (9-3 4.63)

With Chatwood on the DL and Freeland filling in as a long man in the game where Chatwood went only one out into the first, Senzatela will make his way back into the rotation. He had some good outings from the bullpen and earned some extra work down at AAA during the All-Star break, so unlike most of the pitchers, he has been on a pretty regular schedule. He faces Dinelson Lamet, a fellow rookie, in the middle game of the series. Lamet has had big strikeout games in his few starts, with a high of 12 Ks, but he has also been hit around. It is hard to read a rookie, but the Rockies have made worse pitchers look good this year so who knows what will happen exactly.

Wednesday, July 19th 1:10pm: Clayton Richard (5-9 4.75) vs. Jon Gray (2-1 6.23)

Gray had his roughest outing of the year his last time out in the second half opener against the Mets. He could not finish the third inning and essentially lost the Rockies the game early. He will hope to rebound and it is something he is certainly capable of. Gray is a strikeout pitcher that can do really well at home, so just depending on what Padres offense he faces may make or break this game. Ideally the Rockies would be playing for a sweep in this final game, but at the very least, they need to be hoping to take this last one for a series win. If the Cubs continue to push for a playoff spot, the Central may compete for the second wild card spot that the Rockies currently hold, and that will make for a tough stretch over the rest of the year.

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