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Eric Stults and Tyler Matzek rematch in game 1 of the series

Denis Poroy

After a sweep of the visiting Giants, our Padres looks to close out their final homestand of the season with another strong series against another NL West foe. The Rockies come to town for three games to try to extend their longest winning streak of the season, but they'll have to go up against a Padres team that's been almost as hot lately.

San Diego pitching has been fantastic, posting a combined 1.63 ERA, during their current four-game winning streak. Hopefully Eric Stults can keep that going tonight and open up the series against Colorado on a strong note. Stults threw four brilliants innings in his latest outing before things fell apart in the 5th. He gave up four runs and was only able to get one out before being pulled from the game. Stults is also winless (0-2) in his last five against the Rockies, though only one of those games took place at Petco Park. He faced them most recently on September 5th, giving up three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work at Coors Field.

Tyler Matzek also started that game, but he fared much better. He pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout for his fifth win of the season. Overall, Matzek has been stellar lately, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in his last five outings. His most recent saw him give up two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the division-leading Dodgers.

The game gets underway at 7:10 PT tonight.