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Game Preview: Can Matzek halt this insufferable slide?

The Rockies have spent the better part of two weeks getting the crap kicked out of them by some of the worst teams in the National League. Maybe they should, uh, stop doing that.

Haha, look at that guy
Haha, look at that guy
Denis Poroy

The Rockies are straight dog poo right now, and they need someone (or multiple someones) to step up. Maybe tonight it will be rookie Tyler Matzek.

Matzek is coming off two straight bad starts; one a shellacking by the Detroit Tigers, the other a five walk turd against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After showing great promise initially, Matzek has taken some lumps. He really needs to buckle down as 2014 staggers to a close if he wants to be in the game plan for a rotation spot next year.

Backing him is the usual crew, except for Mike McKenry giving Wilin Rosario the day off. Hopefully they can muster more than their usual weak efforts on the road. Heck, I'd settle for Corey Dickerson not crapping himself on the basepaths again.

Ian Kennedy is starting for the Padres, and he's in the midst of a fine year; 3.51 ERA and better than a strikeout per inning. He has held the Rockies to a 2.77 ERA across 17 games started, so I guess he knows the scouting report on these guys. The Rockies better figure it out, because I'm pretty sick of writing about the same crap every Monday and Wednesday.

Huh, I mentioned poop in every paragraph of this preview. 2014 is total crap.

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<th align="left">COLORADO ROCKIES</th>
<th align="left">SAN DIEGO PADRES</th>
<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yangervis Solarte - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Drew Stubbs - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Tommy Medica - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jedd Gyorko - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Rene Rivera - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Corey Dickerson - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yasmani Grandal - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Nelson - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Josh Rutledge - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Rymer Liriano - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Abraham Almonte - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tyler Matzek - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ian Kennedy - RHP</td></tr></tbody>
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