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The 2014 Colorado Rockies can be summed up by one word: Pitching. I’ve said it before, but if you could combine the Padres pitching with the Rockies offense, that team might just win the NL West. Unfortunately for the Rockies, their pitching has pitched atrociously this year, leading to them battling it out with Arizona for last place in the NL West and over 20 games under .500. They come into this series having won 6 straight however, after losing the previous 4 before that.
Charlie Blackmon has had a good season, as well as Corey Dickerson and Justin Morneau in a renaiisance season battling it out for the NL Batting Title. Eric Stults goes to the mount for the Padres in game 1, with Robbie Erlin in Game 2 as Tyson Ross sits out the last couple week with elbow soreness. Not good – but smart of the Padres to rest him rather than risk any injury at the end of a lost season. Hopefully Stults can finish out the year and not add to his NL leading losses. For Erlin it’s important to build off his last start and show continue his arm rehab to go into the off-season with positive momentum.
Petco Park turned 10 years old this season, and still has just the 2 division titles in 2005 and 2006 to show for it. A good run 2007 and 2010, but nothing much since. It was a sad year for the Padres, losing Jerry Coleman in the off season and then of course number 19 Tony Gwynn as well. Time to turn the page into the second decade and see more winning than losing this time. The Padres try to close out their final homestand with the Rockies strong.