The Padres once again need to pull out a win in the final game of the series to avoid a sweep. Errors have been especially costly in this Rockies series and Padres hitting still needs a lot of improvement. As Edinson Volquez toes the rubber in the series finale, he will try to redeem himself after his disappointing Opening Day performance. He surrendered six runs and left the game after just three innings. Against the Rockies, Volquez is an even 3-3 in his career with a 4.62 ERA in seven starts. At Coors Field, he is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA.
He will need to find a way to quiet Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki, who have been key in the Rockies' current 4-game win streak. Cuddyer is 9-for-15 during the streak and 5-for-8 in this series against San Diego. Last night, he got three hits, including a two-run homer, and 4 RBI. Tulowitzki, who is 4-for-7 this series and 8-for-19 this season, led the offense on Friday with a two-run double. Cuddyer and Tulowitzki both have 7 RBI on the season. However, Volquez has been able to keep them off the board in the past. The two Rockies have hit a combined 1-for-9 all-time against him, so hopefully he can put an end to their hot streak and help the Padres avoid another loss.
Jhoulys Chacin will make the start for Colorado. In his 2013 debut, he kept the Brewers to just one run in 6 2/3 innings, but got the no-decision as the Rockies went on to lose the game (their only loss of the season so far). Chacin made seven starts at Coors Field last year, posting a 2-2 record and a 6.34 ERA. But against the Padres he is has a 2-1 lifetime record and 2.86 ERA in four starts. Today's game will be a rematch of the last time he faced us, when he pitched opposite Edinson Volquez in September of 2012 and kept the Padres to just one run in seven innings.
The last time the Padres started the season 1-5 was in 2002 and the last time they suffered a sweep at Coors Field was in 2003. Hopefully those streaks won't come to an end today.