Monday 4x4: Rockies Looking for Positive in Petco
The Rockies open a three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park on Monday night. It's not the friendliest of confines for the Rockies. They have had a winning record at Petco in seven of the 15 years since it opened, but the 6-4 record a year ago is the Rockies only winning record in the last four years.
The Padres are in a funk. They were swept by the Brewers in a three-game series to open the season and need to win the first game of the Rockies series to avoid losing the first four games in a season for the first time in 1994. They finished 47-70 that season, the 12th worst record since the franchise came into existence as part of expansion in 1969.
Bryan Williams makes his Padres debut in the Monday game. The right-hander is excited that after four years of bouncing between the minor leagues and big leagues he will get a legitimate chance to be in the rotation. A 16th-round draft choice of the Yankees out of high school in 2009, Williams came to the Padres along with Chase Headley in the trade for Jabari Blash during the off-season.
He was 2-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 48 games, nine starts, over the last four seasons with the Yankees but hasn't made a start since being called up in September of 2016 and making five starts.
The Rockies are back on the field Monday night in San Diego after having an off day Sunday. It was the eighth time in franchise history the Rockies did not play a game on a Sunday, but the first time it was a scheduled off day. They had one Sunday scratched in 2011 because of the 9/11 attack. The six others were forced by weather.