Series Preview: Padres Head to Coors Field for Four

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Apr 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3, Wednesday 5:40pm

James Shields (2-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 7.56 ERA)

Shields has started out great as well for San Diego. In his first 3 starts, he has 24 strikeouts and only 5 walks. Much like Morrow, Shields does not have a ton of experience against the Rockies as he spent the first 9 seasons in the American League. He is 2-1 in three starts with a 3.79 ERA. He has allowed 7 runs in 2 starts at Coors Field.

Kendrick is off to a rough start. He has allowed 14 runs with 9 walks in his last two starts. He has a 4.08 ERA in 6 starts against the Padres in his career. He is entering his first year with the Rockies after pitching for the Phillies for 8 seasons. He has a career 6.33 ERA in his new home park.

The Padre with the most experience against Kendrick is former fellow NL East member, Justin Upton. In 23 at-bats, Upton is hitting .348 with 2 home runs off of Kendrick. Hopefully he will be healthy for this series, as he also has 47 hits and 8 home runs in his career at Coors Field.

Next: Game 4