After winning the series against the Giants in a thrilling extra-inning game, the Padres had a much-needed day of rest before opening their homestand today. The Padres will face the Rockies three times, the Dodgers three times, and then the Ranges for two games in one of those odd “home & home” series where they play two at Petco then fly to Arlington to play the Rangers twice there, with no travel day in between. Whoever makes the schedules for MLB has some odd preferences, but that’s a story for another day. Today we’re here to talk about the Colorado Rockies, a team that finds themselves at the top of the National League West division after a month of play. Their 16-10 record gives them a half-game lead over the Diamondbacks, and only the Washington Nationals have a better record in the National League. The Padres aren’t afraid of the Rockies, and that was evidenced by their series win in Colorado, which happened to include a pretty cool thing that Wil Myers did.
The Padres starter for the first game of this series is Trevor Cahill. This will be his second home start of the season, and his first one was pretty sweet. He pitched seven full innings of three-hit ball, with the only blemish on his record being a solo home run. He’s had an up-and-down season so far, and he should be eager to put his most recent start behind him. He was roughed up by the Diamondbacks, getting chased out of the game in the sixth inning with five earned runs.
The Rockies are sending Tyler Chatwood to the mound against the Padres tonight. He’s had one stellar start in the middle of a bunch of underwhelming ones. On April 15th, he threw a complete game shutout against the Giants, and he did it efficiently, in only 105 pitches. Each of the rest of his five starts have seen him roughed up for at least four earned runs and he hasn’t made it to the seventh in any of them. One of those rough starts came against the Padres on April 10th, when the Friars chased him with one out in the sixth inning. That happened to be Wil Myers’ cycle game, and Hunter Renfroe tacked on a home run for good measure. It’s safe to say that the kids in the Padres dugout have some nice memories of Mr. Chatwood.
It should be a beautiful night for Padres baseball. Who knows, maybe something crazy like another cycle might happen!
Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego