There are two startling aspects to this NL West contest for those of us who are betting baseball. One, Colorado is in first place in the month of May, despite scoring less runs than they have allowed.
The second part is San Diego is already not firmly buried in the basement of their division. Having lost a series at home already to the Padres, can the Rockies extract revenge and build on their confounding lead?
No hiding the fact this a Tyler Chatwood’s (2-3, 4.88 ERA) favorite environment. Not many knew this, Chatwood had a remarkable 1.69 road ERA last season, easily the best in Colorado history and he has not been too bad this season either 2.30. The right-hander like a lot of pitchers is more comfortable away from Coors Field. The 27-year old has a low 90’s fastball which has above average movement with a slider to match. He is 4-1 with a 4.12 ERA versus San Diego.
Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50) left the comforts of playing with a World Series champion to go play for San Diego? At 29, Cahill thought he still had years left in him to be a starting pitcher and wanted to prove to himself and others he still could at this level. Cahill has always had the talent, yet it has seldom come all together. The reasoning is when Cahill is right, his curve curves and his changeup rolls off the proverbial table. His problem is that walks come in bunches and he has a hard time the third trip through the opposing batting order. Cahill is 5-6 (4.44) against Colorado.
We are starting to see the Rockies offense we expected, which has scored 5.6 RPG in their last seven tries. Journey Mark Reynolds has actually been their most productive player, leading Colorado in batting average, home runs and is second in RBI’s.