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Padres Vs. Rockies: Struggling Colorado Plays 1st Series With San Diego

Losers of their last four series, the Colorado Rockies play the San Diego Padres for the first time this season. And for the first time since early April, the Rockies will not be the first place team in the NL West. The Rockies' lack of offense and the failure of Ubaldo Jimenez to be that dominant pitcher have caught up with them finally.

But the Rockies, one should hope, will be able to get on track with a series against the last-place Padres. After surprising Major League Baseball in 2010 (before faltering during the final weeks of the season), the Padres are back where they previously had been.

After spending parts of the last five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and the New York Yankees, Moseley changed leagues as a free agent for the confines of Petco Park and the rest of the National League. Despite a 1-4 record in 2010, Moseley has pitched quite well for the Padres, holding a 2.47 ERA. Not much of a strikeout pitcher (3.9 K/9), Moseley has induced a ground balls at a 54.2 percent rate to be successful early on.

Moseley uses a fastball 50 percent of the time and sits around 88 m.p.h. on it. A cutter, a curveball and a changeup round out his offerings. He's coming off a start against the Diamondbacks in which he allowed six runs in five innings.

Jorge De La Rosa returns to the mound after taking his first loss of the season in a 3-0 defeat to the San Francisco Giants last Sunday. He battled early on and finished six innings with three runs allowed, five walks and seven strikeouts. The Rockies will need De La Rosa to pitch big with Ubaldo Jimenez still struggling.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, May 13, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jorge De La Rosa vs. Dustin Moseley

Saturday, May 14, 1:15 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Aaron Harang

Sunday, May 15, 1:15 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jason Hammel vs. Mat Latos

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