Series Preview: Padres Head to Coors Field for Four

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Apr 12, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Game 4, Thursday 12:10pm

Tyson Ross (1-0, 4.08 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (1-1, 3.50 ERA)

Ross has yet to win a game against the Rockies in 5 starts. He is 0-4 with a 3.16 ERA. His ERA is slightly higher at 3.79 at Coors. He has 21 strikeouts in his first 3 starts. He needs to work on getting the walks down, as he gave 5 free passes his last time out and he has 12 so far this season.

Lyles has not fared well against the Padres, with a career 6.30 ERA. He has pitched 6 innings in his first three starts. He got roughed up a bit in his last start, against the Dodgers. He gave up four runs and walked five.

Coors Field has historically not been kind to the Padres, mostly because the Padres have not had the lineup to keep up with the offensive output that Coors can yield. Now they do. The Padres are hot right now. I predict this series will be split two games each. It is always a tough draw to play a 4-game series on the road. However, perhaps the Mile High City is exactly what some slumping Padres (see Jedd Gyorko) need.

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