After Friday night's offensive explosion, the Colorado Rockies will need more of the same in Saturday's afternoon contest with the San Diego Padres. But they'll also need to shore up the pitching after allowing seven runs in the previous game.
Jhoulys Chacin has taken on an increased importance for the Rockies with Ubaldo Jimenez attempting to work things out. In Monday's game, Chacin held the Mets to one run on two hits in six innings. And that's despite six walks. Chacin has had only one start in which he has not walked any batters. In his last two starts, he has walked 10 and for the season, 19. This will be his first career start against the Padres.
Aaron Harang, meanwhile, is in his first year with the Padres and has gone 5-2 in seven starts. At Coors Field, Harang has a career 4.43 ERA and a 1.522 WHIP in four starts (22.1 IP). Harang pitched well in his last start, allowing two runs on eight hits in seven innings for his fifth win. In his two starts before then, he went 0-2 and allowed 12 runs.