Series Preview: Rockies (82-70) vs. Padres (68-84)

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Thursday, September 21st 8:10pm: Tyler Anderson (5-5 5.28) vs. Clayton Richard (7-14 4.82)

The Rockies go into their final road trip of the year in a series they need to win to stay ahead of the Brewers. They just played a bad series against the Giants so hopefully they play better in San Diego, but that will remain to be seen. Colorado sends Tyler Anderson and in his first start since being activated from the DL, he was excellent. Anderson went six innings while allowing no runs and the Rockies need that same kind of production from him in this game. The Rockies have done well against Richard this year, scoring at least four runs in each start against him, but they had done well against Moore until Wednesday and look how that worked out for them.

Friday, September 22nd 8:10pm: Jon Gray (8-4 3.75) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-3 7.35)

Gray was shut down after a lengthy rain delay in his last start in a game the Rockies would eventually lose. That was the start of their three game losing streak and will hopefully not be the games that dictate their season. Gray was doing really well in that game and he has started to heat up late in the year, but if the Rockies do not perform Gray will not get to make the playoff start he is destined to make. Facing Jordan Lyles definitely bodes well as he has been worse with the Padres than he was with the Rockies and that means a lot considering Lyles was awful in Colorado.

Saturday, September 23rd 6:40pm: Chad Bettis (1-3 6.23) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (12-10 4.12)

Chad Bettis has been good for only eating innings and even that is a questionable skill when your team loses the games. Bettis needs a better start on Saturday as the Rockies, and himself, would love to get six quality innings. Bettis made the comeback game from cancer that every fan wanted to see, but since then he has really struggled and that has hurt the Rockies, and Bettis’ chances at a spot in the rotation come 2018. The Rockies face Chacin for the second time in a week and they were well on their way to doing damage their last time out before the rain delay hit, and that has already been mentioned how that game turned out.

Sunday, September 24th 2:40pm: German Marquez (10-7 4.41) vs Luis Perdomo (8-10 4.57)

The Rockies send Marquez to the mound in the series finale and hope to see a better start out of him. Marquez is likely experiencing some fatigue so seeing some rejuvenation from the young pitcher is key in this start. The Rockies absolutely need to win this series and get some offense while they are at it, something that should be possible considering who the face. The Padres have a better record than the Giants this year, but the Rockies have played well against San Diego and have some momentum from their last series against them to take into this one.

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