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It's the home opening series and the woeful looking Padres are coming to visit.

Are the Padres really this bad?
Are the Padres really this bad?
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies return home from a series win in Arizona to host the San Diego Padres for the 2016 home opening series. The Padres come to Coors Field already reeling, after having been outscored 25-0 in a Petco Park sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Being shut out for the first three games of the season is a Major League record, and it puts the Padres in danger of setting baseball's record for the longest scoreless innings streak, which the 2013 Marlins currently hold, at 37 innings without a run.

To fully grasp how bad the the Padres offense has been, here are a few interesting facts:

  • The Padres' leading hitter, Jon Jay, has fewer hits (three) than Trevor Story has home runs (4)
  • As a combined team, the Padres have the same number of total bases as DJ LeMahieu and fewer than Trevor Story
  • Not a single Padres has an wRC+ of 100 or greater which is the benchmark for an average hitter
  • The Padres have accumulated only one extra base hit, a double.
  • The Padres team wRC+ is -22.

Padres Power Rankings

Bad: Bullpen

It's probably not a good sign of how well your team is doing when a bunch of relievers that have allowed nine runs in the first three games make up the best part of your team. Without Craig Kimbrel, who the Padres traded away this past offseason, this is really an uninspiring group, though they do get bonus points for having a guy whose name is Quackenbush.

Really Bad: Starting Pitching

The Padres starting pitchers have given up 16 runs (15 earned) in a little over 15 innings so far this season. Now the Rockies will only be facing one of those starters, Tyson Ross, who gave up eight runs (seven earned) in five and a third innings already in his first start. The Rockies will also get to face the Padres' number four and five starters who have yet to pitch so far this season, Colin Rea and Drew Pomeranz, though neither of which is probably striking much fear into a very hot group of Rockies hitters.

Indescribably bad: Lineup

The Padres hitters set a record for futility in their opening series against the Dodgers. Through three games, they have zero hitters who have performed at an above average level, and, again, they are still trying to score their first run of the season. Coors Field should help with that, but don't be surprised if their scoreless streak to begin the season is stretched into the 30s before the finally cross the plate.

Who to watch: Hitter

This is a real struggle, as none on the Padres hitters have done anything this season that would be worthy of attention. Jabari Blash was a popular Rule 5 pick this past offseason and despite a -12 wRC+, he has been the Padres' sixth best hitter behind the strength of a singular walk. Despite the cool name, Blash spent most of spring training striking out, though if he does manage to make good contact with a ball, he is very capable of hitting it a very long ways at Coors Field.

Who to watch: Pitcher

Drew Pomeranz will be starting the second game of the series, and considering his pat with the Rockies, his return to Coors Field will definitely be interesting. Though the surface stats of a 4.40 ERA at Coors don't seem that bad, Pomeranz's struggles to find the strike zone in Denver made him extremely ineffective. With the Padres' bullpen already stretched thin, If Pomeranz is unable to go deep into his start Saturday, that could really set San Diego back.

Also intriguing is whether or or not the Rockies will be able to continue to find a way to hit left-handed pitching as well as they did against Patrick Corbin. That weakness was one of the big issues last season for the Rockies, as they hit only 25 home runs the entire season against left-handed pitching.

Game times, TV schedule, and probable pitchers (all times Mountain)

Friday, April. 8, 2:10 p.m.: Jordan Lyles vs. Colin Rea
TV: Root Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

Saturday, April. 9, 6:10 p.m.: Jorge De La Rosa vs. Drew Pomeranz
TV: Root Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

Sunday, April 10, 2:10 p.m.: Chad Bettis vs. Tyson Ross
TV: Root Sports; Streaming: MLB.TV; Radio: 850 KOA, 1150 KNRV (Spanish)

For more information, check out the best source for San Diego Padres news, Gas Lamp Ball. (Warning: they may be a bit depressed over there)