Fresh off German Márquez’s complete game shutout and the first one-hitter in team history, the Rockies will try to keep the winning going as they head to San Diego to visit the (checks notes) first place Padres.
The Padres are 11-6 on the young season due in large part to the performance of their largely unproven rotation. That’s not intended to be a knock; coming into the season their starting five had combined for 360 career innings pitched but currently hold a combined 3.18 ERA through 79 1⁄3 innings. The “veteran” is Matt Strahm, who is the only rotation member who was in the league before 2018, and he spent most of that as a reliever (93 of his 118 pre-2019 innings came in relief). Tuesday’s starter is Joey Lucchesi, the presumptive ace of the staff. After allowing zero runs in his first two starts, he gave up seven in four innings to the Giants on April 9.
The Rockies will call upon Antonio Senzatela to take the rotation slot of the injured Tyler Anderson, who was placed on the 10-day injured list after getting roughed up by the Dodgers at the Rockies home opener. Senzatela opened Spring Training in competition for the fifth starter job but instead opened the season on the disabled list and will be making his 2019 debut.
To make room for Senzatela on the roster, Chris Iannetta was placed on the Injured List. Also, Yonathan Daza and Yency Almonte were optioned down to Triple-ABQ and Noel Cuevas, fresh off a very productive week, was called up along with Drew Butera. All three of the new rosterees are in the starting lineup for tonight’s game.
Start time: 8:10 pm MT
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
#Rockies lineup for opener of two-game set vs Padres.— Kyle Newman (@KyleNewmanDP) April 15, 2019
Antonio Senzatela reinstated, Drew Butera and Noel Cuevas recalled; Yency Almonte and Yonathan Daza optioned; Chris Iannetta placed on 10-day injured list with right lat strain pic.twitter.com/NwvGs1BBcM