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Game 1 will feature Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.28 ERA) and Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.72 ERA). The rookie Hahn has established himself as a quality starter in the Padres’ rotation. His last start was not his best. The Twins got to him for 3 earned runs and he also walked 4 in 5.2 innings. This is the first time Hahn has faced the Rockies this year. Oddly, Hahn has a better road ERA (2.12) than at the comfy dimensions of Petco Park (2.43). He has won 3 of his last 4 starts.
Lyles has a new pitch he will throw at the Padres hitters on Monday. Lyles has faced the Padres twice already this year and is 0-1. He has allowed 9 earned runs in 8.1 innings against the Friars this year. He has been nagged by injuries and was roughed up in his first start back from the DL against the Cubs, going 6 innings but allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs. Lyles has pitched better away from Coors Field this year, with a 3.60 road ERA compared to a 3.86 clip at home. His last start against the Padres was a brief one, allowing 6 earned runs and he was not able to get out of the 4th inning.