MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Colorado0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 460
San Diego2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 x 8100
  W: M. Wacha (1-0)   L: J. Ureña (0-1)
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)6:40 PM CT, April 1, 2023
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 42,663

Rockies manager could face distraction at game time vs. Padres

According to STATS
According to STATS

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

  1. The Rockies took the season series against the Padres last season, 10-9, after winning 11 of 19 matchups in 2021. The Padres are the only NL team that the Rockies have won the season series against in each of the last two seasons.
  2. As a team, Colorado had a slugging percentage of .398 last season. That marked the first season in franchise history having a slugging percentage below .400.
  3. C.J. Cron drove in 27 runs on the road last season, compared to having 75 RBI at home. The difference of 48 RBI was the largest such home/road split by an MLB player in a single season since Mark Teixeira in 2003 for the Rangers (66-home, 18-road).
  4. San Diego's pitching staff allowed a batting average of just .218 in home games last season. Excluding the shortened season of 2020, that was the lowest opposing batting average at home by the Padres in team history.
  5. Xander Bogaerts, who joined the Padres in the offseason, is a .312 hitter in March and April in his career. The only active MLB player with a higher batting average in those two months (min. 250 AB) is Mike Trout at .315.
  6. Juan Soto has had an on-base percentage of .400 or higher in all five of his major league seasons. The last hitter to start his career with that many consecutive seasons doing so was Frank Thomas, who began his career with eight straight such seasons (1990-1997).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/30/2023 thru 4/2/2023

Excuse Colorado manager Bud Black for scoreboard-watching Saturday night as the Rockies look for a third straight road win over the San Diego Padres to open the season.

Black is a graduate of San Diego State. The former Aztecs pitcher is a member of San Diego State's Hall of Fame.

On Saturday afternoon, San Diego State plays Florida Atlantic in the Aztecs' first visit to the NCAA basketball Final Four. Black, who lives in San Diego during the offseason, has Aztecs basketball season tickets.

The Rockies and Padres will start the third game of a four-game series around the time that the Aztecs-Owls game might be ending.

"I'm thrilled for all of us," Black said of San Diego State fans. "To be here when the Aztecs are in the Final Four, it's awesome. ... It's such good stuff."

Last Sunday, Black was managing the Rockies in a spring training game in Arizona while the Aztecs were defeating Creighton to reach the NCAA championship round.

"Full disclosure," Black said. "I saw the second half up to the 11-minute mark. But there were some Rockies fans behind our dugout who knew my connection to San Diego State and kept giving me updates."

Black won't have to look hard to follow the Aztecs on Saturday. The Padres are having a watch party at Petco Park before the first pitch of the baseball game.

Then, the Padres will try to earn their first win of the season as right-hander Michael Wacha makes his team debut against Rockies right-hander Jose Urena.

"We haven't hit our stride," San Diego manager Bob Melvin said Friday night after his team fell 4-1 to Colorado. "It's a small sample. We wanted to get off to a good start and it hasn't happened."

In the two games, the Rockies have outscored the Padres 11-3 and have out-hit them 26-12. Colorado has four homers, and San Diego has none.

Xander Bogaerts and Ha-Seong Kim each have two singles and two doubles for the Padres. The rest of the team is a collective 4 for 48 (.083).

Wacha, 31, signed with the Padres as a free agent in February after going 11-2 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.115 WHIP in 23 starts for the Boston Red Sox last year. He held opponents to a .233 batting average while striking out 104 and walking 31 in 127 1/3 innings.

In three spring training starts for the Padres, Wacha posted a 3.97 ERA over 11 1/3 innings.

Wacha is 1-2 in his career against the Rockies with a 5.18 ERA in 33 innings over seven games (six starts). He has not faced the Rockies since 2019 when he was pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Urena, 31, was 3-8 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP in 17 starts for the Rockies last season. He was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts against San Diego in 2022.

Urena owns a 1-4 record and a 3.72 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres. He is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts at Petco Park.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 1, 2023

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