MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Diego0 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 891
Colorado2 1 0 5 0 1 0 1 x 10141
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  W: J. Hoffman (2-6)   L: J. Lucchesi (10-8)   S: J. Díaz (4)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, September 13, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 31,654

Pitching rematch set when Rockies host Padres

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San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies

  1. These teams have split 16 meetings in 2019, but Colorado has lost six of the last eight as it tries to win the season series against San Diego for the fourth consecutive year. The Rockies have won 20 of the last 30 matchups at Coors Field.
  2. San Diego struck out a season-high 19 times Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs and settled for a four-game split. Barring an outstanding final two-plus weeks, the Padres will finish with their ninth straight losing season, a stretch beaten only by the Marlins (10).
  3. Colorado was unable to complete a sweep of the Cardinals on Thursday, allowing five homers in a 10-3 loss. Since August 22, the Rockies are a major league-worst 4-16 but they do own the majors' best winning percentage at .833 (15-3) on games played on Friday the 13th since 2000.
  4. Jeff Hoffman, Friday's projected starter, has a 7.06 ERA this season for the highest in the NL of any pitcher with at least 10 starts. His 5.97 ERA as a starter since 2017 is the third-worst among active pitchers during that span (minimum 25 starts).
  5. Wil Myers, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped Thursday, is batting .424 (25-for-59) with five home runs and 11 RBI this season against the Rockies. In his last 10 starts at Colorado, Myers is 19-for-47 (.404) with eight multi-hit games.
  6. Nolan Arenado is one home run away from joining Albert Pujols (7) and Khris Davis (3) as the only active players with three 40-homer seasons. Arenado has reached base in 17 straight games and is slashing .407/.486/.831 during that span. He leads the majors with 17 home runs since the start of August.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Jeff Hoffman will forever be linked to Troy Tulowitzki, no matter which direction the right-hander's career takes. He was considered the key piece for the Colorado Rockies when they traded their All-Star shortstop to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.

Hoffman hasn't had the success the Rockies envisioned over the last few seasons, but his last outing showed why the Rockies were intrigued by him. He struck out a career-high eight Padres over 5 2/3 innings in San Diego last week and hopes to build on that outing when Colorado opens a three-game home series against San Diego on Friday night.

San Diego will counter with lefty Joey Lucchesi, who has a 1.57 ERA in his last four starts. It is a rematch of last Saturday's 3-0 win by the Padres in San Diego, where Lucchesi picked up the victory with six shutout innings.

Lucchesi (10-7, 3.84 ERA) has only been up in the majors since 2018, but he has already faced the Rockies seven times, all of them starts. He is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and, even more impressively, is 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA in three starts at Coors Field.

Lucchesi walked five in Saturday's win but also fanned eight and was backed with homers from Wil Myers and Manny Machado. Myers had three hits in the win and is batting .417 in September to raise his average to .241 entering the series against the Rockies.

Myers has been searching for the type of consistency he has displayed in the first half of this month.

"I'm a really good baseball player," Myers said after the 3-0 win over Colorado. "I just have not been able to do it on a consistent basis. That's obviously frustrating for me. It's frustrating for the Padres, and it's frustrating for fans at times. I've just got to find a way to bring that out more often. It's been a long road, but I've just got to keep grinding."

Hoffman (1-6, 7.06) can relate to what Myers has gone through. He is 7-15 with a 6.19 ERA in his major league career and has had trouble finding the formula to succeed at this level. His only extended audition came in 2017, when he started 16 games in 23 appearances and finished 6-5 with a 5.89 ERA in 99 1/3 innings.

He pitched just 8 2/3 innings in the majors last year and has bounced between Triple-A and Colorado this year. His last trip to the minors came after giving up seven runs in two innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 13.

He worked with bullpen coach Darren Holmes on making some minor adjustments after that game, and he has seen good results. He is 0-2 in September but has a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings in two starts.

"When we look back, maybe next year from now or whatever, I think this will be the change that I made that allowed my career to continue," Hoffman said last week. "It's given me the confidence back to where if I get behind somebody, I can flip an offspeed (pitch) in there and get back in the count."

Hoffman is 1-2 with a 2.01 ERA in six games -- four starts -- in his career against San Diego.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2019

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