Friday, September 15th 6:40pm: Clayton Richard (7-13 4.78) vs. Tyler Chatwood (7-12 4.70)
In Richard’s one start against the Rockies at Coors this year, he was absolutely demolished, allowing eleven runs and fourteen hits. The Rockies would love to get another performance like this and with a series win here, the Rockies would guarantee at least a .500 year, their first since 2010. This is looking good as the Padres are fourth in the division, but they have played well more recently. The Rockies are going to need a good offense for this game as Tyler Chatwood is on the mound and he has underperformed at home. This game could set the tone of the series, so hopefully the Rockies come out firing.
Saturday, September 16th 6:10pm: Jordan Lyles (1-2 6.75) vs. Tyler Anderson (4-5 5.75)
Jordan Lyles will make his first start against his former club as Tyler Anderson makes his first start since coming off the DL. This could be a wild one as Jordan Lyles was not a good pitcher for the Rockies and Anderson has had an off year. Hopefully having some time to get back to full health on the DL gives Anderson the stamina and strength he needs to get through this start as he did in his bullpen outing. The Rockies will also hope to have another good offensive game (pending the good one on Friday) in what could win them the series in a quick fashion.
Sunday, September 17th 1:10pm Jhoulys Chacin (12-10 4.06) vs. Jon Gray (8-4 3.95)
If any of these games were going to be a pitchers matchup, this is the one. The Rockies send their ace to the mound and Gray has been pitching as an ace recently, hopefully preparing himself for the wild card game he would pitch if the Rockies make the playoffs. He faces another former Rockies in Chacin who has made one start against Colorado this year. It was a quality start, but it was a game the Padres lost. Chacin has had lots of mixed results this year, either going 6+ without allowing runs, or giving up seven runs quickly. The Rockies will hope the latter happens on Sunday and gives them the sweep.