Rockies Return Home, Can't Overlook Padres
The Rockies are coming off a record-setting 46-game stretch against only teams with winning records -- only the third time that has happened in MLB history -- and they put together the only winning record of the three teams that faced that challenge.
While the 1926 Phillies were 15-21 and the 2012 Braves 22-24, the rockies not only went 30-16, but in the process they climbed from fourth place in the NL West, eight games out, to second place, just a half game behind the division-leading Diamondbacks.
They had Monday off.
But they have no time to take a deep breath. The Padres arrive at Coors Field for a three-game visiting on Tuesday -- the first losing team the Rockies have faced since the Marlins were in town June 22-24. That's the same Marlins who with a 50-76 record are battling the Padres (49-78) for the worst record in the NL.
And those are the same Marlins who have won both of their series against the Rockies, taking two of three in Miami April 27-29, and then two of three in that June visit to Coors Field. And if that isn't warning enough for the Rockies to stay alert, don't forget it was the Padres, who came to Coors Field April 9-11 and also took two of three from the Rockies.
That is one of only 11 series the Padres have won this season -- one of five on the road.
Padres Travel a Rocky Road
The Padres have two hitters who have enjoyed their visits to Coors Field.
While Eric Hosmer has struggled in visits to Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco, the only NL park he has enjoyed has been Coos Field. And Wil Myers has the third highest slugging percentagee of any active player at Coors Field.
Comfortable at Coors
|Vs.||Rockies||Rest of West||Player||Slugging Pct.|
|Home Runs||2||5||Corey Dickerson||.667|
The Rockies have had overall success against teams with losing records. They are 68-56 overall, but 31-20 against the seven teams they have played they currently have losing records compared to one game above .500 (37-36) against teams with winning records. The only teams with losing records against which the Rockies have a losing record are the Rangers (1-2) and Marlins (2-4).
Adding to the Agony
Tyler Anderson will start for the Rockies in the Tuesday game, looking to bring an end to a four-game funk, in which he is 0-2 and the Rockies are 0-4.
Looking for a Turnaround
Anderson, however, is going to be on the mound at Coors Field. And while he had a no decision, the one solid start he has had in the last four games is the one he started at Coors field, allowing the Dodgers one run in six innings on August 9. It's not a surprise. That's part of a stretch of five starts at home where he has compiled the lowest five-game batting average allowed in Coors Field history.
Five and Thrive at Coors
|Tyler Anderson||.15 0||1-0||2-3||July 4-present|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||.161||1-1||3-2||May 21-June 21, 2008|
|Jeff Francis||.168||3-2||3-2||June 6-July 29, 2006|
|Jason Jennings||.172||2-1||2-3||June 20-Aug. 15, 2006|
|Jhoulys Chacin||.175||1-4||1-4||May 9-June 10, 2011|