The Rockies are 1-0 since July 8, the best record in baseball during that stretch. Riding the incredible work of the starting pitching (only one earned run in their past six innings) and bullpen (0.00 ERA in three July 8 innings), the Rockies have taken run prevention to a whole new level. Will Padres hitting be up to the task? Recent results suggest not.
Meanwhile, hitters to watch are the smoking lava ball of hotness Charlie Blackmon (hitting .500 in his last four at bats), and singles machines Troy Tulowitzki, Corey Dickerson, Drew Stubbs and Nolan Arenado.
|SAN DIEGO PADRES||COLORADO ROCKIES|
|Seth Smith - LF||C. Blackmon - RF|
|Chris Denorfia - RF||Drew Stubbs - CF|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Yasmani Grandal - C||Wilin Rosario - C|
|Jacob Goebbert - 1B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Will Venable - CF||Kyle Parker - 1B|
|Alexi Amarista - SS||Brandon Barnes - LF|
|Irving Falu - 2B||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Eric Stults - LHP||Jair Jurrjens - RHP|
Dickerson, though, is out of the lineup after nearly snapping his right arm clean off last night. It's no big deal, but Brandon Barnes will replace him. Meanwhile, the recently recalled Kyle Parker will get the start at first base to spell Justin Morneau against a lefty.
Jair Jurrjens will start for the white hot Rockies. Hopefully he continues the culture of winning.
LHP Eric Stults goes for the Padres. He has a 4.95 ERA and -0.7 fWAR
It's been a glorious 24 hours for the Rockies. Let's see if they continue their dominance.