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Game No. 64 Preview: Clayton Richard vs. Juan Nicasio

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The Rockies need this one to salvage a series split with the San Diego Padres. With the offense struggling in a 4-2 loss last night, Clayton Richard may be just what the doctor ordered.

Dustin Bradford

The Rockies couldn't lose to the San Diego Padres early in the season winning the series first six contests against them. Now, it seems the tables have turned as the Rockies look to avoid losing three-out-of-four to the suddenly hot Padres.

All three games have been grind it out affairs with each game being decided late. One thing the Rockies have not gotten much if in this series is good starting pitching and Juan Nicasio will look to change that Sunday afternoon. Nicasio comes into this game with a 4-2 record to go along with a 4.76 ERA. This is his first time facing San Diego this year.

For Nicasio, it has been an up and down season, but since pairing with Yorvit Torrealba and developing a two-seam FB, Nicasio seems to have found greater success. Chase Headley is 6-for-9 off of Nicasio with two HRs and three RBIs in his career, but Nicasio will be catching a break as Headley is not in the lineup today.

Clayton Richard takes the hill for San Diego and as his 1-5 record and 8.38 ERA suggest, he has not been very good. In eight starts this year Richard has been dreadful, however, his lone good start of the year was April 14th against Colorado when pitched six scoreless innings and only gave up two hits in an eventual 2-1 Rockies win.

Troy Tulowitzki owns Richards so far in his career going 8-for-17 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs off of the southpaw. Todd Helton owns a .421 mark off of Richards in 19 at-bats and Jonathan Herrera -who is getting the nod at 2B today- is a career 5-for-10 off of Richards and even owns a HR against him.

Since a lefty is on the hill the Rockies will once again go with Eric Young Jr. in right instead of recently recalled Tyler Colvin. Michael Cuddyer will be out of the lineup for a third straight game as he nurses an oblique injury.