Wednesday 4x4: Lucchessi Boots Rockies -- Again
Joey Lucchesi stands above the rest, and not just because of that hands-over-head start to his delivery. The Padres rookie left-hander has started against the Rockies twice in the last week, and has allowed two runs in 11 innings. Both runs were unearned.
Of the 18 rookies to have started at least two games against the Rockies, nobody has a more impressive line than Lucchesi, who has allowed only nine base runners (five hits, four walks) while striking out 15 in 11 inningS.
Not that it has any long-term bearing, but Madison Bumgarner was 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA against the Rockies as a rookie, and Clayton Kershaw was 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA.
The Rockies have stumbled when it comes to pinch-hitters. They have used a pinch-hitter for 20 at-bats, the most in MLB, but are still in search of the first hit from a pinch-hitter.
Trevor Story's stats line gets bogged down by his slow start. He struck out seven times while getting one hit in 12 at-bats in a three-game, season-opening series at Arizona. Since then, however, he has become a contributor on the offense. Not only did he go into Wednesday having hit .273 in the last nine games, but he has three home runs and six RBI, including a two-run, first-inning home run on Tuesday that turned out to be the only run production for the Rockies in a 5-2 loss to the Padres.
Padres outfielder Jose Pirela enjoys Coors Field. With a 3-for-5 effort on Tuesday, he has back-to-back three-hit games for the first time in his career. His offensive numbers are second among NL parks to only Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.