The streaking San Diego Padres are making a valiant late run at a surprise .500 season. San Diego has won four straight games and 17 of its last 22 as it opens a three-game series Friday night against the visiting Colorado Rockies. The Padres have scored 39 runs while going 5-1 on the current homestand and have won 21 of their last 27 games at Petco Park. San Diego is six games below .500 with 18 games remaining.
Colorado is wobbling to the finish line having lost of six its last seven games. The Rockies have the third-worst record in the majors and are opening a seven-game road trip. Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario has been a bright spot with 24 homers and figures to see most of the playing time down the stretch with Ramon Hernandez (hamstring) ruled out for the rest of the season. Third baseman Chase Headley has been the biggest reason for San Diego’s strong second-half play. Headley has 19 homers and 60 RBIs in 57 games since the All-Star break. The Padres lead the series 8-7.
Rockies Padres Betting
When: 10:05 PM ET, Friday, September 14, 2012
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, ROOT (Colorado), Fox Sports San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.32 ERA) vs. Padres RH Andrew Cashner (3-3, 3.46)
Chatwood is making his ninth start of the campaign. He settled for a no-decision in his last outing despite holding the streaking Philadelphia Phillies to two runs and three hits in five innings. Chatwood has a 13.50 ERA in two career relief appearances against San Diego.
Cashner is making his second start since returning from a stint on the disabled due to a strained lat muscle. He gave up two runs and four hits in five innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 7 but wasn’t involved in the decision. Cashner has an 18.00 ERA in four career relief outings against Colorado.
1. San Diego closer Huston Street (calf) could return to action this weekend after being sidelined for a month.
2. Rockies OF Tyler Colvin is batting .438 (7-for-16) over his last six games.
3. Padres OF Carlos Quentin is expected to return to the lineup after missing two straight games with knee soreness. He has two homers in six career at-bats against Chatwood.