Rox and Friars Friday Night Lineup

Unlike playing the Dodgers or Giants, two teams that still have playoff chances, the Padres games this weekend are for good ol’ fashioned bragging rights.  Being 6 1/2 games behind them in the NL West is as good of a goal as any, battling it out for last place as good as it gets at this point.

Tonight is the first game of this 3-game home series against the San Diego.  This is the fourth game on Colorado’s 7-day, 6-game homestand vs. LAD (2-1, 8/27-29) and vs. SD (8/31-9/2).  Despite the loss to LA on Wednesday, Colorado still earned the series win, their third-straight series win against the Dodgers.  The Rox are  still 7-3 in their last 10 home games, since 8/13 vs. MIL and 12-5 in their last 17 games overall since 8/13.  Also, the Rockies are now 8-7 at home in August, and 16-12 overall this month.  The 16 wins in August are the most in a single month since the club won 17 games in April of 2011.  The team had their first off-day yesterday since 8/9, snapping a 20-game stretch without a day off with their next off day, on 9/13, being their final day off in the 2012 regular season schedule.

• 24-year-old right-hander Alex White will make his 17th start of 2012 tonight.  White is making his 7th start since returning the Majors on 8/2, and since then he owns a 3.55 ERA (25.1 ip, 10 er) and opponents have hit just .245 (24-for-98) against him.

• Left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard will start tonight’s contest for the Padres.  Tonight will be Richard’s 28th start of 2012 already, where he his 1-4 with a 5.84 ERA (57.0 ip, 37 er) in 10 career starts vs. COL

PAD’S PAST: This series is the fifth of six 3-game series between the Rockies and Padres this season.  The Rockies took the first series between these two teams 2-games-1, however San Diego has taken each of the last three series 2-games-1.  Colorado owns the all-time edge in the series 162-152, including an edge in Denver of 83-73.

For the second time in three games, Chris Nelson tied his career-high with 3 hits on Wednesday, finishing the game 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Nelson also had 3 hits on 8/27 vs. LAD.  He now has eight career 3-hit games, including five 3-hit games this season.  Nelson has been highly productive since returning from the DL on 8/6.  In his 23 games since 8/6 he is batting .344 (21-for-61) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 12 RBI and 9 runs scored.

ROCKIES LINEUP

PADRES LINEUP

2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS 2. Will Venable (L) RF
3. Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B 3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 4. Carlos Quentin (R) LF
5. Wilin Rosario (R) C 5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Chris Nelson (R) 3B 6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Andrew Brown (R) RF 7. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B 8. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
9. Alex White (R) P 9. Clayton Richard (L) P

IN GAME CHAT

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Cargo in his annual “not earning my paycheck” slump. The Rox better ride his current contract out for a while until he fixes his splits and evens out his performance over a full season.

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