Coming off a series win at Wrigley Field, the Padres continue their road trip with four games in Colorado. They will send second-year starter Odrisamer Despaigne to the hill to oppose veteran lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who will be making his first start of the year after starting the season on the disabled list with a strained left groin.
Despaigne started the season in the bullpen after losing out on the fifth spot in the rotation, but was pressed into service in the fourth game of the year. He took over for the injured Ian Kennedy and pitched 4.2 perfect innings. Five days later, pitching in Kennedy's spot in the rotation, Despaigne put together seven stellar innings against Arizona. He gave up one run on two hits, earning the win. After 11.2 innings, his ERA sits at a scant 0.77.
As I mentioned, this will be De La Rosa's first 2015 start. He has enjoyed success against San Diego in the past, but this Padres team is nothing like any Padres team he has ever faced, rendering his 8-3 record in 23 games (19 starts) virtually moot. He has, however, been knocked around fairly well by several of the new-look Friars.
Justin Upton, who has had success against De La Rosa and at Coors Field, is back in the lineup after a day off. Wil Myers and Derek Norris will be facing De La Rosa for the first time, and Yonder Alonso gets the start at first base despite his atrocious numbers against tonight's starter.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:40pm PDT, so head back here for the game thread. Go Padres!