Monday 4X4: Padres, Rockies Meet -- Again

Even though the Padres and Rockies both train in Arizona, the two teams never played during spring training. They are making up for that in the opening three weeks of the regular season.

After three games with the Braves during the weekend, the Rockies open a three-game series against the Padres, who last week hosted the Rockies for four games. Oh, and two weeks from Monday the Padres will be back at Coors Field for another three games.

Now the Rockies did open the season with a three-game series at Arizona, but that's the only time the Rockies will play an NL West team other than the Padres until they open a four-game series in San Francisco May 17.

There are 16 active players with at least 150 plate appearances against the Padres who are hitting .300 or better, including Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu and center fielder Charlie Blackmon.

The Rockies 4.60 ERA in their first 10 games ranks 12th in the NL. Of the Rockies previous 25 seasons there are only six in which the Rockies had a lower ERA.

Jon Gray went into Monday night with 21 victories in 60 starts. Among pitchers in Rockies history, only four others had more than 21 wins in their first 60 starts.



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