Rockies On Deck – The Denver Post

On Deck
Padres RHP Mike Clevenger (2-1, 3.34 ERA) at Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (4-7, 6.46)
6:40 p.m., Tuesday, Coors Field
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM

Gomber is making his third start since returning from a two-game stint in the bullpen. He pitched a so-so game in Colorado’s 4-3 win at Arizona last Thursday, allowing three runs on six hits across five innings. He’s 1-0 (Rockies 2-0) with a 5.91 ERA in two starts since coming to the rotation, with both starts coming against the D-Backs. He’s struggled at Coors Field this season (2-4, 6.64 ERA in seven starts) after dominating at home last year (5-1, 2.09 ERA in nine starts). Gomber is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six career appearances (four starts) vs. the Padres.

Clevinger took his first loss of the season in his last start. Seattle tagged him for four runs on six hits over six innings en route to a 6-2 win. The right-hander struck out five, walked two and gave up a solo homer to Sam Haggerty. Clevinger, traded from Cleveland to San Diego in August 2020, has limited experience against the Rockies. He’s faced them three times, making two starts, with a 9.00 ERA with a 1.636 WHIP. In two appearances (one start) at Coors Field, he has a 10.50 ERA.

Trending: The Rockies’ bullpen entered Monday night’s game with a 3.52 ERA since June 11, limiting opponents to a .226 average with 10 home runs allowed.

At issue: Outfielder Randal Grichuk’s 26.6 strikeout percentage this season is the highest on the Rockies and his highest since 2017 when he fanned in 30.1% of his plate appearances.

Pitching probables
Wednesday: Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (8-2, 2.09) at Rockies RHP Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.02,) 6:40 p.m., ATTRM
Thursday: Padres LHP LHP Blake Snell (1-5, 4.66) at Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (4-7, 4.70), 1:10 p.m., ATTRM

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