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Rockies Vs. Padres: Battle Of The Claytons Begins Colorado-San Diego Series

The Colorado Rockies finish their nine-game West Coast road trip with a three-game set against San Diego Padres. The Rockies are currently 2-4, taking one game each from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. In all, they are now 5.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.

Monday's game is a battle of Claytons as Clayton Mortensen and Clayton Richard take the mound. Clayton Mortensen is still in danger of losing his spot in the rotation since Aaron Cook makes his season debut in Wednesday's contest. Mortensen didn't do himself any favors on May 31 when he allowed five runs in four innings. He walked four and struck out none. In five starts, he has a 5.02 ERA and a 1.465 WHIP. He could move back to the bullpen, allowing Greg Reynolds to be optioned to the minors.

Clayton Richard must be thankful that this game is being played in Petco Park. His home ERA is 2.42 in five starts, but winless in San Diego. His road ERA is 5.97. In his last start, he failed to complete five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks. In eight career starts against the Rockies, Richard holds a 5.64 ERA with a 1.679 WHIP.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Clayton Mortensen vs. Clayton Richard, 8:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Padres' Tim Stauffer, 8:05 p.m. MT, ROOT

Aaron Cook vs. Padres' Dustin Moseley, 4:35 p.m. MT, ROOT

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