After another abysmal 1-5 road trip that saw the Rockies get outscored 28-11 (including two shutouts), the team returns to the safe confines of Coors Field for three-game sets against the San Diego Padres (67-53) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-81). The Padres come into town first, and they are coming off of a four-game set against the Snakes in the Desert where they lost three of four, were outscored 24-13, and were no-hit by a pitcher making his first MLB start.
Rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers (4-5, 4.72 ERA) will start for the Padres. The 21-year-old made his MLB debut on October 6, 2020 in the NL Wild Card Game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Weathers pitched 1 1⁄3 innings, walked two batters, and struck out one but otherwise exited unscathed. Thus far in 2021, the rookie has made 15 starts in 21 total appearances. He has pitched 74 1⁄3 innings and posted a 4.72 ERA. In his last start against the Marlins, he lasted 4 2⁄3 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits, including three home runs. He also allowed one walk and struck out seven. Weathers has not allowed less than six runs in each of his last three games, so perhaps the Home Rockies will be able to pounce.
Antonio Senzatela (2-9, 4.71 ERA) will take the ball first for the Rockies. In his last outing, Senzatela pitched six innings of three-run ball. He allowed nine hits, one walk, and three K’s against the Houston Astros, who would win the game 5-1. The right-hander hasn’t been quite as stellar in 2021 as he was in 2020, ranking fifth out of five starters (Márquez, Gray, Freeland, Gomber) in most statistical categories, and has only pitched one shutout (his second game). However, he hasn’t allowed more than five runs in an outing since his first game of the season. Hopefully Senzatela is able to keep the Padres off the board and the Rockies home offense roars to life.
First Pitch: 6:40 PM MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
One game at a time.#HungryForMore pic.twitter.com/46ZXKNbmg5— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 16, 2021
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