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Padres Preview: 04/09 @ Rockies

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Clayton Richard will take the ball tonight in Colorado.

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Padres will continue their 6-day road trip by traveling a mile high to Denver to take on the Rockies in Coors Field.

Taking the ball for the Padres will be Clayton Richard who will have the benefit of pitching against a Rockies team hitting a skid not unlike the Padres. The Rockies will head into the series against San Diego after dropping 2 of 3 to the visiting Atlanta Braves, going a familiar 3-18 with runners in scoring position (The Padres were 0-15 with RISP in their last two games). The Rockies hit an underwhelming .225 and only scored 6 runs in that last series, a turn of fortune from their 19 runs scored while in San Diego. Richard will have to hope their sleeping bats don’t wake in his turn at the mound: Clayton sports a 1-5 record in 9 starts at Coors with a 8.82 ERA. His last appearance against the Rockies in San Diego was one to forget: he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 IP.

Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The Rockies will send Jon Gray to face the Padres and he’ll have a marked advantage on the ‘ol stat sheet: in 11 starts against San Diego Jon is 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA. He matched up against Richard in San Diego and did not allow a Padre to score while only giving up 4 hits. Maybe Christian Villanueva will like the air in Colorado enough to do more damage against the Rocks? (lol, not in lineup...)

Tonight’s game starts up at 5:40 PM PST and it’ll be a cool 57 degrees in Denver. Let’s hope the Padres will give the Rockies a cold reception tonight!

Game Time: 5:40 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes
Radio: 97.3 (ew), XEMO 860