National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (6-7) at San Diego Padres (5-7), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jordan Lyles (2-0, 3.86)
San Diego - Eric Stults (0-2, 5.59)
(SportsNetwork.com) - National League West Division rivals collide Monday
night at Petco Park, as the San Diego Padres host the Colorado Rockies in the
opener of a four-game set.
Colorado leads the National League in team batting average (.299), slugging
average (.468) and runs scored (70). However, the pitching has been a concern,
and that was once again the case Sunday at San Francisco as the Rockies
dropped a 5-4 decision in 10 innings to lose the series.
Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario both went deep, but lefty reliever Rex
Brothers served up the deciding homer to Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the
Meanwhile, the Padres have won three of their last four and are coming off a
series victory over the Detroit Tigers. San Diego's pitching held Detroit's
potent lineup to a .191 average (19-for-99) during the series.
In Sunday's 5-1 triumph, Jedd Gyorko and Xavier Nady delivered solo home runs.
Will Venable added a two-run double in support of winning pitcher Tyson Ross,
who yielded only one run in seven innings.
"The pitching has done a tremendous job, and now it's our turn on the
offensive side to get some guys going," Nady said. "Hopefully (we can) get
some runs early and get big hits and start playing well."
Toeing the rubber for the Padres in Monday's series opener is southpaw Eric
Stults, who tossed a complete game against the Rockies last July. In his
previous start, Stults went 5 2/3 innings against Cleveland and allowed only
one earned run. He also got nine ground-ball outs.
Colorado will turn to right-hander Jordan Lyles, who is seeking his third win
in three starts to begin the season. He took the hill against the Chicago
White Sox last Monday and gave up just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings,
marking one of the better efforts turned in by what has been a shaky Rockies
starting rotation to this point.
However, Lyles has posted an 8.10 ERA in two career starts at Petco Park.
"I threw my second start of my career (in San Diego)," Lyles said. "I was a
little wild. I put some guys on base. The next one, I just got hit around.
"But I like the park. I don't think anything works better than anything else.
It's just that the ball doesn't travel well out there. We've got four games
out there, and we want to make some games go our way. It's just winning
series. If you do that, the wins and losses will be where you want them to
Colorado went 12-7 versus San Diego last season.
04/14 10:54:21 ET