What's not to like about San Diego? Great weather, the ocean, beaches. Why, Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles loves the place.
"I do like it but I haven't done well," Lyles said. "It's a great park. It's a great pitcher's park. It's a cool city. People look forward to going to San Diego and playing there. It's a great city to have a team."
Lyles (2-0, 3.86 ERA) will start Monday's opener of four games at Petco Park against the Padres and lefty Eric Stults (0-2, 5.59 ERA).
Lyles is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in three career starts against the Padres and 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA at Petco Park.
"I threw my second start of my career [in San Diego]," Lyles said. "I was a little wild. I put some guys on base. The next one, I just got hit around.
"But I like the park. I don't think anything works better than anything else. It's just that the ball doesn't travel well out there.
"We've got four games out there, and we want to make some games go our way. It's just winning series. If you do that, the wins and losses will be where you want them to be."
Stults is the type of pitcher who has given the Rockies problems in recent years.
Last year was the best indication of why.
Stults went 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA in three starts against the Rockies last season, and the Padres won the no-decision. On July 9, he threw a complete-game, four-hit, 2-1 victory at Petco Park -- on a day when righty Jhoulys Chacin pitched well for the Rockies.
If anything, the video for Stults was textbook form in beating last year's Rockies -- a team that tended to want to pull pitches and became impatient with key at-bats. Stults had salivating Rockies hitters wanting to hack at his below-average fastball velocity but confounded them with his secondary pitches.
Rockies: Rosario a fence-busting catcher
Wilin Rosario hit his 53rd career homer and 50th as a catcher during Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Giants.
Rosario's 50 homers in games behind the plate rank second in Rockies history to the 58 hit by Chris Iannetta, now with the Angels.
Rosario came up during the second half of 2011, so his power has occurred in less than three full seasons. Iannetta played for the Rockies from 2006-11.
Padres: Black misses Helton, too
Retired Rockies legend Todd Helton hit .338 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 76 career games at Petco Park. While he is happy in retirement, it's clear that Petco Park is a place he'll miss.
But in a strange way, Padres manager Bud Black misses Helton, as well.
"It's going to be a little different," Black said. "All the years I was coaching in Anaheim in Interleague Play, managing here, he's been a fixture in this lineup. He was the guy who first came to mind when you played the Rockies. That's shifted to [Troy] Tulowitzki and [Carlos] Gonzalez the past couple of years, but still, the legacy he left there is a strong one and a long one."
• Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Chacin will make his first injury rehab start Tuesday for Class A Advanced Modesto. Chacin suffered a right shoulder strain at the start of Spring Training.
• The Padres took two of three from the Tigers during the weekend. Padres pitching limited Detroit to a .191 average (19-for-99) during the series after the Tigers entered the season hitting .278 this season, the fourth-best mark in the Majors.
• When the Giants' Brandon Crawford opened Sunday's bottom of the 10th with a game-winning home run off lefty reliever Rex Brothers, it was the Giants' only run in 12 2/3 innings against Rockies relievers.
• The Padres' Jedd Gyorko homered for the first time this season, for two runs in the second inning Sunday. Gyorko didn't homer until May 1 last season but ended up leading the team in the category with 23.