After an insanely busy Trade Deadline, the Rockies and Padres will do battle on Friday night in game two of a four-game series.
It came as a bit of a surprise to Rockies fans that neither starter Jon Gray (6-6, 3.67 ERA) nor shortstop Trevor Story were moved at the trade deadline. Many thought they’d be flipped for a prospect haul to restock the Colorado minor league system. With no trades done, both will be present as the Rockies take on the Padres following their 3-0 loss on Thursday.
Historically, Gray has done well against the Padres. The Oklahoman owns an 11-6 record in his 24 appearances, striking out a monstrous 155 batters in those games. He’s been on a tear lately, allowing just ten total earned runs over his last six starts to the tune of a 2.57 ERA. In his last start against San Diego he struck out seven hitters, a number he’ll try to best on Friday.
Ryan Weathers (4-2, 2.73 ERA) has had an odd season. His numbers look good - 2.73 ERA in 18 appearances is nothing to scoff at, especially for a rookie - but has failed to pitch more than five innings in 17 games. In this way he’s seen as an “opener” for San Diego, so expect to see a healthy amount of bullpen arms after him. The Rockies are hitting lefties better than righties this season, so they’ll try to jump on the youngster early before he settles in.
The Rockies have only faced Weathers once, so the match-ups aren’t extensive. Raimel Tapia is 1-for-3, Elías Díaz and C.J. Cron are 1-for-2, and Garrett Hampson is 1-for-1 in their limited at-bats.
The Padres, of course, have a much more storied history versus Gray. Wil Myers is hitting .378, and Manny Machado’s hitting an even .300 - they’ve both got over 30 at-bats. New Padre Adam Frazier is 2-for-9, and Tommy Pham is 1-for-14.
Story is a late scratch from Friday’s game, and will not start at shortstop.
Start Time: 8:10 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB.TV
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
Story was scratched from the lineup and is not out for BP. It’s a day off, the team says pic.twitter.com/qPp5neoQpO— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) July 31, 2021
Friar Friday for Game 2.#HungryForMore pic.twitter.com/3X15FvDywf— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 30, 2021