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Padres series preview: 5/2 - 5/4 vs. Rockies

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The Padres return to Petco Park for an eight-game homestand, beginning with three against the Rockies.

Travis Peterson

After a week-long roadtrip, the Padres are back home for eight games, starting with three against the division-leading Rockies. The last time the two teams faced each other, three weeks ago in Colorado, San Diego took two out of three games and Wil Myers hit for the cycle. Both teams come into this set fresh off of series wins on the road; the Padres moved out of the cellar by taking two out of three in San Francisco, while the Rockies took two out of three in Arizona to bump the Diamondbacks back into second place.

This series will mark the first trip back to Petco Park for two former Friars, manager Bud Black and utilityman Alexi Amarista. Rockies reliever Chad Qualls also spent a season with the Padres, but has been back to his old stamping grounds already. In one such visit last season, I observed him taking time to sign for every last autograph collector who approached him. With that in mind, you might want to dig out your copy of his 2011 Topps card (everyone has one of those, right?) and get there early.

Game 1

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Trevor Cahill vs Tyler Chatwood

Tuesday, May 2; 7:10 pm

This will be Cahill’s first start against the Rockies this season, as he was on the disabled list when the club went to Coors. He’s coming off a rough start in which he allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings in Arizona last Wednesday; he did strike out a season-high nine batters and escaped with a no-decision. His one impressive start of the young year came five days earlier in his first home game as a Padre. He went seven full innings and allowed just one run on three hits.

Tyler Chatwood did pitch the last time these two teams met up, and walked away with the loss in the game in which Myers hit for the cycle; Chatwood surrendered the home run and the double, along with another home run to Hunter Renfroe. He regrouped and won his next two starts, including a complete-game shutout in San Francisco, but got knocked around by the Nationals his last time out; he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings, giving up two home runs for the third time in five starts.

Game 2

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Jered Weaver vs Antonio Senzatela

Wednesday, May 3; 7:10 pm

Not only is Jered Weaver winless in his five starts with the Padres, so is the team as a whole. He has allowed at least one home run in each game, with a high of three in his last start. In 28.2 innings, he has just four more strikeouts (14) than homers allowed. But fear not; he has a plan.

Antonio Senzatela is having an impressive debut season thus far. He has a 2.81 ERA and a WHIP of 1.000 in 32 innings over five starts. Quite the contrast to Weaver, Senzatela has allowed exactly one home run in each of his three home starts, and none on the road. He faced the Padres in his second major league start, and earned the first of his three wins by giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings. He finally picked up his first loss in his most recent start, when the Nationals got to him for four earned runs by way of seven hits and three walks in six innings. The four runs were a career high, as were his 99 pitches.

Game 3

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Luis Perdomo vs Kyle Freeland

Thursday, May 4; 12:40 pm

Like Cahill, Luis Perdomo was on the disabled list when the Rockies hosted the Padres last month. He has no decisions in his three starts, but each of the last two was better than the previous. Most recently he went six innings in San Francisco, allowing just one earned run while striking out five batters and walking none. One nice aspect of his outing was that he was very economical with his pitches, throwing just 69 after using 83 in each of his first two starts.

For the second day in a row, the Rockies will start a rookie pitcher with a 3-1 record and an ERA under 3.00. Kyle Freeland has allowed either zero or one runs in every game except for one. Fortunately for the Friars’ chances, that contest was with them, when they put six earned runs on him in 4.2 innings. He gave up a career-high eight hits, including doubles by Manuel Margot and Wil Myers, and a home run from Ryan Schimpf. That homer is the only one Freeland has allowed in his 27.2 innings.

More details about each game, including starting lineups, will be included in our individual game previews and game threads on the day of each.

The cover art for this and all series previews was provided by Travis Peterson, proprietor of Punk Rock Paint. You can find him on Twitter or check out his website to see more of his work.