Know Your Foe #14: Sputtering Padres Offense Looks to Find Groove at Coors Field

San Diego Padres (15-22, 5th in the NL West)

2010 Record vs. Colorado: 6-12

Last Series vs. Rockies: September 13-15, 2010 (W 2-1 at Coors Field)

Last September, the Padres rolled into Denver and took a series from a Rockies team that had won ten straight games prior to that. It was the Padres' first series win of the season over the Rockies in six tries, as their record against Colorado was 4-11 going into that three-game set. It's safe to say that they exorcised some demons against the Rockies at that point.

Offensively, Miguel Tejada and Adrian Gonzalez absolutely killed the Rockies in that series. The good news for the Rox as that pertains to the upcoming series is that neither of those guys is a member of the Padres in 2011. The same holds true pitching-wise, as most of the guys (read: Jon Garland) that gave the Rockies trouble are with other teams. Colorado beat up on Clayton Richard (8 runs on 11 hits in three innings) and, to a lesser degree, Cory Luebke in the other two games. It will be interesting to see who steps up for the Padres, being that a lot of the players that have hurt the Rockies in the past (Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Hairston, Orlando Hudson, etc.) are either not with the club anymore or are injured.

Latest Series Results: W 2-1 vs. Arizona, L 2-1 at Milwaukee

One of the guys that will certainly be aiming to do just that is Brad Hawpe. The former Rockie has had a rough start in San Diego, but is starting to find his way just a little bit, OPS'ing 1.122 over his last couple of series. Jason Bartlett and Will Venable have done a pretty good job stepping up for an offense as stagnant as theirs, putting up OPS' of 1.053 and .857 over the past week, respectively.

Pitching-wise, tonight's starter Dustin Moseley has had terrible luck and great luck all at the same time. He boasts a 1-4 record despite having a 2.47 ERA. At the same time, there isn't a whole lot behind that ERA as he has just 19 strikeouts compared to 12 walks 43.2 innings. He has allowed a BABIP of just .246 - something that will almost assuredly rise to at least somewhere near his career .305 mark. Meanwhile, Mat Latos, the guy who is arguably their best pitcher in terms of talent/potential is 0-5 with a much higher ERA despite allowing less hits than innings pitched and striking out better than a batter per inning. Their most all-around solid starter up to this point has been Tim Stauffer, who the Rockies won't see. Stauffer is 0-1 with a 3.47 ERA, but has pretty solid strikeout numbers (7.33 K/9) and a downright good xFIP (3.03).

Pitching matchups and other pertinent information after the jump.

Friday through Sunday: 3-game series at Coors Field

Expected Pitching Matchups
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 6:40 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Dustin Moseley 1-4 7 7 0 0 0 0 43.2 38 15 12 3 12 19 2.47 1.15


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jorge De La Rosa 4-1 7 7 0 0 0 0 43.0 31 16 15 3 17 42 3.14 1.12


Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 1:10 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Aaron Harang 5-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 42.0 41 20 19 5 11 29 4.07 1.24


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 4-2 7 7 1 1 0 0 47.0 36 15 14 6 19 37 2.68 1.17


Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 1:10 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Mat Latos 0-5 6 6 0 0 0 0 33.1 31 23 18 6 14 34 4.86 1.35


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 3-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 44.2 43 17 15 4 13 27 3.02 1.25

 

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
HR RBI
Will Venable RF .230 .305 .292 .280 79 0 7
Jason Bartlett SS .256 .317 .288 .291 86 0 9
Ryan Ludwick LF .195 .282 .361 .290 86 5 18
Chase Headley 3B .252 .377 .357 .333 114 1 14
Brad Hawpe 1B .214 .264 .306 .253 61 1 7
Cameron Maybin CF .252 .331 .393 .329 112 3 10
Rob Johnson C .238 .304 .357 .290 86 1 2
Alberto Gonzalez 2B .214 .261 .286 .213 34 0 5

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
HR RBI
Kyle Phillips C .286 .286 .429 .311 100 0 2
Jorge Cantu IF .209 .266 .326 .267 70 3 13
Logan Forsythe IF .000 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 0
Chris Denorfia Util .370 .433 .574 .427 177 3 4
Eric Patterson OF .133 .231 .289 .243 54 2 5

Closer

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Heath Bell 1-0 14 0 0 0 8 1 14.0 9 4 2 0 6 12 1.29 1.07

Injuries

San Diego Padres Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Orlando Hudson hamstring 05/04/2011
Nick Hundley oblique 05/05/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joe Thatcher shoulder 03/22/2011
Jarrett Hoffpauir quadriceps 03/22/2011
Mike Baxter thumb 03/22/2011

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