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Padres look to maintain hot streak vs. Rockies
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres
- San Diego won five of six games through the first two series between these clubs last year, but Colorado went 10-3 over the last four. This year, the Rockies are 6-13 (.316) against teams over .500 while San Diego is an NL-best 19-7 (.731) versus teams under .500.
- The Rockies took two of three in San Francisco, snapping their five-series losing streak on the road. Since beginning the season winning four of its first five road games, Colorado is 5-15 (.250) with a -55 run differential away from home.
- Charlie Blackmon, who is 8-for-16 over his last four games, joined Todd Helton as the second player in team history with 1500 hits on Wednesday. He also recorded his 525th extra-base hit on the same day, putting him at fourth place on the franchise all-time list.
- The Padres scored 25 runs in their three-game series versus the Mets, including scoring a season-high 13 on Wednesday. San Diego scored 33 runs over 13 home games over the entire month of May.
- Jake Cronenworth has 14 RBI in his last five games, the most by any Padre in any span of five team games in the last 10 seasons. His 14 RBI also leads the majors this month.
- Since earned runs became official in 1913, Joe Musgrove is the fourth pitcher to begin a season with 10 straight starts with at least 6.0 innings and two or fewer earned runs allowed, along with 1959 Hoyt Wilhelm, 1992 Bob Tewksbury and 2010 Ubaldo Jimenez.
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Just a week ago, the San Diego Padres were reeling.
Having been swept in a three-game series by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Padres blew a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth against the Milwaukee Brewers to stretch their losing streak to a season-worst four games.
In the six games since, the Padres have gone 5-1 against the leaders of the National League Central and NL East. San Diego will look to extend the hot streak when the Colorado Rockies visit for a four-game series starting Friday night.
The Padres will play 20 straight games against teams with losing records.
The weekend series opens with Colorado's Chad Kuhl (4-2, 3.17 ERA) against San Diego's Joe Musgrove (6-0, 1.64) in a match of right-handers. The teams will then play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday and a game on Sunday afternoon.
Although the season is more than one-third complete, the Padres and Rockies will be meeting for the first time. Colorado went 11-8 against San Diego in 2021.
Colorado's first trip to San Diego also marks the annual homecoming for Rockies manager Bud Black, who played for San Diego State in the late 1970s and managed the Padres from 2007 to midway through the 2015 season. He is now in his sixth year as the manager of the Rockies and gained his 1,000th managerial win earlier this season.
"It's not the return that it once was," Black said of his three annual returns to Petco Park. "I've been gone long enough that some Padres fans might not remember I was here."
The Rockies are looking to regain the form that got them off to a 16-11 start. Even with a 4-2 win at San Francisco on Thursday that sealed a victory over the Giants in the three-game series, the Rockies are 9-21 since May 8.
The Padres appear to be better equipped to negotiate a four-game, three-day series than the Rockies. San Diego will use just four of its seven starting pitchers. Colorado will use four of its five, although it has Monday off.
"If you go back and look, I was probably the guy against the six-man rotation much less the seven-man rotation," Padres manager Bob Melvin said recently. "But it has worked really well for us. Very few teams have the luxury to have as many good starters as we do -- so we're trying to find a way to get them all in there, because they've all been productive.
"Like I've said, it allows them to be able to pitch them deeper in games and we can handle a doubleheader like Saturday without taxing the staff or the bullpen."
The Padres are 9-1 in Musgrove's 10 starts this season, for the simple fact that he has made quality starts in each outing and he has yet to give up more than two earned runs in an appearance.
In his latest start, against the Brewers on June 3, Musgrove didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the eighth. He wound up firing eight scoreless innings.
Musgrove has a stellar history against the Rockies: 3-2 with a 1.44 ERA in five starts.
Kuhl also will be making his 11th start. He has six quality starts. Kuhl started the season 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA through five starts, but he is 1-2 with a 4.81 ERA since.
Kuhl is 1-0 with a 5.12 ERA in four career starts against the Padres.
--Field Level Media
Updated June 10, 2022