The Padres return home Monday night to host the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. It is a quick 3 game set before heading back to the midwest Wednesday night to play four in St. Louis. Great scheduling there.
Rookie and top prospect Rymer Liriano will bat 7th in his major league debut after being called up and the Padres designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment earlier in the day.
Padres pitchers have been on some kind of run, and currently is on a Padres’ record-setting pace for least runs allowed per game. Jesse Hahn has certainly been a key piece behind that as he takes the hill for the Friars Monday night. He has paced the Padres to a 2.28 ERA in his first 59 1/3 innings this season. He will likely be shut down this season as he throws more innings than ever before in his career, so come on down to Petco to see this young phenom while you still can in 2014.
For the Rockies, their offense is missing a few pieces like Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez to injury, but that doesn’t mean they have stopped scoring runs. All Star Charlie Blackman is still hitting the ball well, as is fellow outfielder Corey Dickerson in a breakout season. The pitching has been the issue. Tonight’s starter is Jordan Lyles, who started the season out well before fracturing his hand in early June. During that time however, he learned a split-changeup which he threw effectively 20 times in six innings in a win last week. He takes 6-1 record and 3.72 ERA into the start.
All eyes will be on Liriano as he bats for the Padres Monday night, as they attempt to win the quick home stand before doing battle with the playoff contending and 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals starting Thursday.