San Diego Padres Look Ahead to Colorado Rockies and First Win

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SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 29: Wil Myers
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 29: Wil Myers /
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After suffering a tough series sweep at the hands of the revamped Milwaukee Brewers, the San Diego Padres welcome the Colorado Rockies into town for a four-game set, looking to secure their first win of the season.

The San Diego Padres were dealt a couple of very tough losses to begin their season, losing their Opening Day matchup versus the Brewers in extras, then blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning on Friday night.

After another loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, the Friars welcome their NL West divisional rivals, the Colorado Rockies, into Petco Park for a four-game series beginning tonight.

Right-hander Bryan Mitchell starts tonight for the Padres, making his first start with San Diego after being traded here from New York in the Chase Headley deal in the offseason.

After an encouraging spring, many fans are looking forward to seeing what Mitchell can do in a regular-season appearance for the Friars.

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Projected starters for Padres vs. Rockies this week

Starting tonight for the Rockies will be right-hander Chad Bettis. From MLB.com, some Padres hitters have had success against Bettis in the past. Austin Hedges and Wil Myers both have home runs against him, and Myers has a career average of .500 in 16 at-bats versus the 28-year-old.

After coming out of Friday’s game in the seventh inning with back tightness, Myers did not play on Saturday, One can only hope that he’ll be back in the lineup tonight, after reportedly losing his argument with manager Andy Green to play on Saturday.

The rest of the pitching matchups, while yet to be officially announced in some cases, are penciled in as Kyle Freeland and, presumably Tyson Ross going on Tuesday, Jon Gray versus Clayton Richard on Wednesday, and then Tyler Anderson going up against Joey Lucchesi on getaway day, Thursday afternoon.

Exposing the Rockies’ weaknesses

The San Diego Padres are surely itching to get their first win of the season. Hopefully, they can get that first one out of the way tonight against a tough Rockies squad that features some of the best ballplayers in the game today in Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, as well as solid young players in DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story.

The Rox’ lineup may be a bit intimidating, but it’s in their pitching staff where their weaknesses lie. That’ not to say that there’s no talent among the Rockies’ pitchers, they just happen to be an extremely inexperienced bunch. Sound familiar?

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Here’s to the Friars putting up a ten-spot tonight and securing that first victory! Let’s Go, Padres!

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