Jul 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Matzek (46) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies Preview: Ian Kennedy vs. Tyler Matzek

Jul 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Matzek (46) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies (37-52) have fallen on some tough times as the team just lost three out of four to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Starting Monday night, Colorado will take on the San Diego Padres in a three-game start as they look to get something going before the All-Star break.

Pitching Matchup:

SD: Ian Kennedy (6-9, 3.87 ERA)
COL: Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.25 ERA)

Ian Kennedy will get the nod for the Padres as he has pitched very well for them this season. Even though the record doesn’t state that, Kennedy has pitched well enough to keep them into games. During his last start against the Cincinnati Reds, Kennedy gave up just one run on seven hits through six innings. He would go on to strike out five batters while only walking one. In his last 10 starts against the Rockies, Ian is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.53.

Tyler Matzek will counter for the Colorado Rockies as he is looking for his second career Major League victory. Matzek picked up the no-decision in his last start against the Washington Nationals, yielding three earned runs on six hits through 6.1 innings. Tyler would wind up striking out six and only walking one. This will be Tyler Matzek’s first career start against the San Diego Padres.

Rockies Lineup:

1: Charlie Blackmon – RF
2: Drew Stubbs – CF
3: Justin Morneau (#VoteMorneau) – 1B
4: Troy Tulowitzki – SS
5: Corey Dickerson – LF
6: Nolan Arenado – 3B
7: Michael McKenry – C
8: DJ LeMahieu – 2B
9: Tyler Matzek – P

Game Notes:

  • DJ LeMahieu is 5-for-15 lifetime vs. Ian Kennedy with 3 doubles, 3 RBI’s, and 1 walk.
  • Nolan Arenado is 3-for-8 lifetime vs. Ian Kennedy with 1 double, 2 RBI’s.
  • Tyler Matzek will face the San Diego Padres for the first time in his Major League career.

First-pitch between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies is scheduled for 8:40 PM ET, 6:40 PM MT.

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