Improved Padres look for revenge vs. Rockies at Coors Field

Stephen Dunn

The Padres won their first game in seven tries against the Rockies on Thursday. Find out why there's no shame in Colorado dropping the series opener.

After dropping their sixth straight game against the Colorado Rockies on April 14, the San Diego Padres sat in the cellar of the National League West with a 2-10 record and honestly looked like one of the worst teams in baseball.

Chase Headley was on the disabled list, and the team's other offensive threat, Carlos Quentin, was beginning a lengthy suspension for bull-rushing Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke in a fracas at Petco Park. Yasmani Grandal, who absolutely killed the Rockies a year ago, was at the beginning of a 50-game PED ban. Cameron Maybin, who showed such promise a couple of years ago, was mired in a 2-for-30 slump to start the season.

All of that basically left rookie infielder Jedd Gyorko -- whom Rockies pitchers, most notably Jeff Francis, were making look silly on a nightly basis -- and light-hitting shortstop Everth Cabrera as the team's best offensive threats.

Things have changed quite a bit since then.

The Padres have gone 26-22 since their awful start and, at 28-32, are only three and a half games behind the second-place Rockies and Giants in the division. Gyorko and Cabrera own two of the three highest OPS+ marks on the team (at 122 and 121, respectively), and Quentin is back and leading the charge offensively with a 132 OPS+.

San Diego has also received boosts from Headley, who has a 104 OPS+ and is still trying to get back to form, and Kyle Blanks, who has a 131 OPS+ in limited action. This is not a team that will out-homer anybody; their leading home run hitters are Gyorko and Will Venable, both of whom have hit seven long balls. However, they can small-ball teams to death and have a couple of very good bullpen options that come in handy in close games.

Leading the small-ball movement is Cabrera, who has turned into a legitimate on-base threat, which is significant because of his ability to steal bases. Cabrera is tied for the NL lead with 26 thefts after leading the circuit with 44 a year ago. He also leads the team in walks with 28 and is tied for the league lead with seven sacrifice hits. Cabrera does possess a little bit of pop, to his credit; he's slugging a respectable .402 thanks to 16 extra-base hits.


Everth Cabrera

#2 / Short Stop / San Diego Padres

5-10

190

B

R

Nov 17, 1986


AVG OBP SLG
2013 - Everth Cabrera .286 .365 .402


The bullpen is anchored by a couple of guys who have seemingly been Padres relievers for years. Luke Gregerson is pitching at an All-Star level, boasting a 0.94 ERA/385 ERA+ while allowing just 13 hits while striking out 23 batters in 28 ⅔ innings. Lefty specialist Joe Thatcher is still there and pitching well, too. He has 13 strikeouts and just two walks in 17 ⅓ innings en route to a 1.85 ERA/235 ERA+.

The performance of those guys has helped soften the blow of an uninspiring job done by the starting rotation, which doesn't have a single guy with an ERA+ of 100 or better. Padres starters have given up an alarming 55 home runs. Comparatively, Rockies starters have only surrendered 29 taters. Despite allowing 10 home runs and posting a very poor walk rate, former Rockie Jason Marquis has a 7-2 record. Guy just wins, I guess.

Andrew Cashner is probably the rotation's closest thing to a good pitcher, although another former Rockie, Eric Stults, has certainly cemented his claim as the staff's ace. Cashner, despite having a fastball that often clocks in at triple-digits, strikes out fewer than seven batters per nine innings, but does a good job of limiting walks and hits. Stults is the best of the bunch at keeping walks and home runs down and has a 3.74 ERA, second best on the staff, but all that is still only good for an ERA+ of 96.

*****

Probable pitchers

Game 1: Thursday, June 6 at 6:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports) -- Padres win, 6-5, in 10 innings

W: Luke Gregerson (4-2); L: Manny Corpas (0-1); S: Brad Boxberger (1)

Game 2: Friday, June 7 at 6:40 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Edinson Volquez (4-5, 5.35 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-3, 3.10 ERA)

Game 3: Saturday, June 8 at 5:15 p.m. MT (FOX) -- click here for a coverage map

Eric Stults (4-5, 3.74) vs. TBA

Game 4: Sunday, June 9 at 2:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Clayton Richard (1-5, 8.38) vs. Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.76)

*****


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Chris Denorfia 53 187 23 55 10 0 3 18 17 32 7 0 .294 .351 .396
Everth Cabrera 60 241 30 69 8 4 4 22 28 47 26 5 .286 .365 .402
Yonder Alonso 54 190 22 54 7 0 6 29 15 30 3 0 .284 .335 .416
Kyle Blanks 37 101 14 28 5 0 4 16 10 24 1 0 .277 .364 .446
Jedd Gyorko 57 217 33 60 15 0 7 24 20 49 1 0 .276 .338 .442
Andrew Cashner 15 15 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 8 1 0 .267 .267 .267
Alexi Amarista 57 121 17 32 9 0 4 15 6 22 0 0 .264 .299 .438
Carlos Quentin 43 134 22 33 11 0 6 18 19 28 0 0 .246 .354 .463
Mark Kotsay 38 61 4 15 1 0 0 5 5 13 0 1 .246 .303 .262
Chase Headley 46 175 18 41 9 0 5 17 23 46 3 1 .234 .338 .371
Jesus Guzman 46 91 13 21 6 0 1 9 8 24 1 0 .231 .300 .330
Nick Hundley 44 148 15 34 10 0 3 14 7 44 0 0 .230 .275 .358
Will Venable 58 156 21 35 4 2 7 20 12 38 9 3 .224 .284 .410
Clayton Richard 10 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200
John Baker 16 40 0 6 0 0 0 2 6 12 0 0 .150 .261 .150
Eric Stults 14 21 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 7 0 0 .143 .143 .286
Edinson Volquez 12 14 1 2 0 0 1 4 0 9 0 0 .143 .143 .357
Tyson Ross 14 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .143 .143
Cameron Maybin 11 38 4 5 1 0 0 3 3 6 2 1 .132 .214 .158
Jason Marquis 13 26 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 .115 .115 .115
Yasmani Grandal 8 28 4 3 1 0 0 3 5 3 0 0 .107 .235 .143
Cody Ransom 5 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Stauffer 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Thad Weber 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Robbie Erlin 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Boxberger 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Anthony Bass 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dale Thayer 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Burch Smith 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000
Huston Street 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Luke Gregerson 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Thatcher 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Brach 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tommy Layne 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nick Vincent 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Nick Vincent 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 .50
Luke Gregerson 4-2 28 0 0 0 1 1 28.2 13 5 3 1 6 23 0.94 .66
Joe Thatcher 2-0 29 0 0 0 0 1 17.1 19 3 3 0 2 13 1.56 1.21
Thad Weber 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 5 2 2 1 5 6 2.00 1.11
Tommy Layne 0-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 4.1 5 1 1 0 0 3 2.08 1.15
Tyson Ross 0-2 14 3 0 0 0 0 31.0 28 12 10 3 15 24 2.90 1.39
Dale Thayer 0-2 27 0 0 0 0 2 26.2 14 11 10 4 8 25 3.38 .83
Tim Stauffer 0-0 9 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 15 6 6 2 4 16 3.60 1.27
Andrew Cashner 4-3 15 9 0 0 0 0 63.2 59 28 26 8 19 46 3.68 1.23
Jason Marquis 7-2 13 12 0 0 0 0 70.0 62 33 29 12 38 46 3.73 1.43
Eric Stults 4-5 14 12 0 0 0 0 74.2 70 31 31 7 17 53 3.74 1.17
Robbie Erlin 1-0 3 1 0 0 0 0 8.2 11 4 4 2 0 5 4.15 1.27
Huston Street 0-3 21 0 0 0 11 1 20.1 17 10 10 7 8 13 4.43 1.23
Anthony Bass 0-0 18 0 0 0 0 0 31.2 33 16 16 2 13 23 4.55 1.45
Brad Boxberger 0-1 4 0 0 0 1 0 5.2 6 4 3 1 1 7 4.76 1.24
Brad Brach 1-0 19 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 24 9 9 2 8 17 4.76 1.88
Edinson Volquez 4-5 12 12 0 0 0 0 67.1 71 41 40 7 31 48 5.35 1.51
Clayton Richard 1-5 10 8 0 0 0 0 38.2 50 39 36 12 20 20 8.38 1.81
Burch Smith 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 7.1 16 15 15 4 6 11 18.41 3.00


San Diego Padres Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Yonder Alonso other-excused 06/01/2013
Huston Street calf 05/30/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cory Luebke elbow 03/22/2013
Joe Wieland elbow 02/28/2013
Logan Forsythe foot 03/27/2013
Casey Kelly elbow 03/31/2013

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