After Lost Weekend, Rockies Welcome Padres to Coors Field

What kind of a weekend was it for the Rockies?

Well, they managed to pull out a victory on Saturday against the Braves, but it took three consecutive two-out walks in the bottom of the 10th inning for the Rockies to claim that 3-2 victory against the Braves.

What kind of a weekend was it for the Rockies?

Well, Brandon McCarthy earned the victory in the Braves 8-3 win in the Rockies home opener on Friday afternoon, surviving innings in a ballpark where he had been winless with a 7.94 ERA and .324 batting average allowed in his four previous appearances.

What kind of a weekend was it for the Rockies?

Well, the Rockies scored a total of six runs in the 28 innings (including the 10 innings on Saturday) at Coors Field, of all places.

Time for the Rockies to turn the page.

Monday night they welcome the Padres to Coors Field for a three-game series, looking to get things back in order.

The Rockies did take three out of four from the Padres in San Diego last week, and they have had more success against the Padres throughout the years than any other team except the Nationals and the Brewers. The Braves, by the way, are the NL team against which the Rockies have the worst record all-time.

What can't be overlooked, though, is that among NL teams, the Braves had the worst record at Coors Field over the five previous seasons, but won two out of three the past weekend. The Padres arrive with the second-worst record at Coors Field in the last five years. The Rockies have had success against the Padres at Petco already this year. Can they build off that at home the next three games?

The match-up would seem to favor the Rockies for the series opener Monday night with Jon Gray starting for the Rockies. He ranks among the best among active pitchers in baseball who have made at least 10 starts against the Padres.

More than anything, the Rockies need to get their offense going. They go into Monday ranked seventh in the NL in hits per game, and seventh in strikeouts per game. They have played only three games at Coors Field, but they did score only six runs in those three games.

It is, however, a bit early to get too worked up. The first 10 games are not really a good barometer of what's going to happen. The best 10-game start in franchise history was when the Rockies won eight of 10 to open 2011. They finished in fourth place that year. They have claimed wild-cad berths four times and the success in the first 10 games has ranged from 7-3 in 1995 to a 4-6 start in 2009.












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