|Padres seek bounce-back as last-place Rockies visit|
The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies were off to polar-opposite starts to the 2019 season until their respective paths veered slightly Sunday afternoon.
Late Sunday, both teams were headed to Petco Park in San Diego, where they will open a two-game series Monday night.
The Padres had won four straight and were 7-2 on 10-game road trip before they lost Sunday's series finale 8-4 to the Diamondbacks in Arizona. They return home with an 11-6 record and leading the National League West.
The Rockies had lost eight straight games before defeating the Giants 4-0 in San Francisco on Sunday, behind the pitching of German Marquez. Overall, however, the Rockies are 4-12 and tied for the worst record in baseball.
Left-hander Joey Lucchesi (2-1, 4.40 ERA after three starts) will start Monday night's game for the Padres.
Meanwhile, Rockies manager Bud Black has been determinedly "undetermined" about who will start for his Rockies Monday -- although it appears to come down to one of two right-handers, Antonio Senzatela or Jeff Hoffman.
Neither Senzatela or Hoffman were on the Rockies' 25-man roster as the team departed San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. Senzatela, however, was with the club.
Senzatela, a 24-year-old Venezuelan, has been on the Rockies' injured list since the start of the season after suffering an infected blister on his right heel near the end of spring training. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder had a 6-6 record with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.373 WHIP in 23 appearances (13 starts) for the Rockies last season.
Hoffman, 26, has opened the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he has a 0-1 record with a 9.39 ERA in two outings (one start). The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder is a former first-round draft pick, as the ninth overall selection in 2014 by Toronto.
In limited outings, both Senzatela and Hoffman have had past success against the Padres.
Hoffman has made four career appearances (two starts) against the Padres with a 1-1 record, 0.77 ERA and 1.029 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings. But the ERA is a bit misleading. The Padres have scored eight runs off Hoffman, but only one was earned. He has 16 strikeouts against three walks.
Senzatela has made 10 appearances (four starts) against the Padres with a 4-1 record, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP. He has 23 strikeouts against nine walks in 33 innings.
The 25-year-old Lucchesi last season became the first member of the 2016 draft class to reach the major leagues. He opened this season with 10 1/3 straight scoreless innings. But he gave up seven runs on seven hits and two walks in just four innings against the Giants on Tuesday.
"Joey has natural movement on his pitches with a deceptive delivery," Padres manager Andy Green said. "With him, it's throwing strikes. When he is ahead in the count, he is really good."
This will be Lucchesi's fifth start against the Rockies. He is 1-0 in the first four with a 2.05 ERA, a 1.000 WHIP and a .208 opponents' batting average. He has 23 strikeouts against six walks in 23 innings.
--Field Level Media