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Padres-Rockies Preview

Padres-Rockies Preview
Nine months ago, the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies needed a one-game playoff to determine the winner of the NL wild card. Times have certainly changed for both clubs.

The teams at the bottom of the West Division each look to end prolonged losing streaks Monday night when they meet for the first time at Coors Field since that memorable final regular-season contest last fall.

These clubs are far from the caliber of the teams that met in a thrilling 9-8, 13-inning one-game playoff won by Colorado on Oct. 1 to determine the NL wild card. The victory continued the Rockies improbable run to the World Series and capped off a fourth straight winning season for the Padres.

Less than a half-season later, San Diego (32-51) and Colorado (32-50) enter this contest having lost a combined 15 games in a row while owning two of the worst records in the majors.

"It's a different season," Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki told the team's official Web site. "Last year, we were two of the better teams. This year, we're both struggling."

The teams have split the previous six games this season, all of which were played in San Diego, including a wild 2-1, 22-inning contest won by Colorado on April 17.

San Diego, which holds the NL's worst mark, lost 9-2 to Seattle on Sunday for its eighth consecutive loss and 12th in 13 games.

"I don't think anybody on this team has a whole lot of confidence in the team's play," said Sunday's loser Jake Peavy. "The confidence level is not real high right now."

Edgar and Adrian Gonzalez each drove in a run Sunday for the Padres, who have been outscored 46-21 during their current skid.

"How can it get any lower?" Peavy said. "It's just uncalled for. There's no excuse for it. We have to find a way to get better."

Brian Giles went 0-for-3 Sunday, but is one of the few Padres performing well at plate, batting .333 (7-for-21) in his last six contests. He has eight hits and five RBIs in six games against Colorado this season.

Plagued by injuries most of the season, the Rockies suffered their seventh straight loss after falling 4-3 at Detroit on Sunday to finish an 0-6 road trip.

Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer for Colorado, which has been outscored 40-20 during its current losing streak.

While Tulowitzki, an NL rookie of the year candidate in 2007, is hitting .157 in a season marred by a quadriceps injury, Holliday is batting .333 on the year and is 10-for-30 lifetime with two homers against San Diego's Monday starter Greg Maddux.

Maddux (3-6, 3.52 ERA) hasn't won since allowing one unearned run in six innings against Colorado on May 10 for his 350th victory. He gave up six earned runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-3 loss over Minnesota on Wednesday to fall to 0-3 in his last nine starts.

"I obviously deserved to lose," said Maddux, who is 15-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 28 starts versus Colorado. "I didn't pitch good. I didn't locate my fastball."

The Rockies counter with Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 6.23), who allowed four runs - two earned - and five hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss at Kansas City on Tuesday.

The left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three relief appearances against the Padres, but will make his first start versus them Monday.

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Added: June 30, 2008

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