Preview: Padres Daily
A view of the Padres from a long-time fan.
Three in the fourth is enough to beat the Dodgers
Woody Williams pitched awesome last night. He took a no hitter into the sixth inning, but Padre arch nemisis Jeff Kent broke that up with a single. He later scored the Dodgers only run. Woody Williams only lasted one out past Kent's single, but the Padres "Red Alert Squad" bellpen shut the Dodgers out the rest of the way.
Hoffman pitched the ninth inning to record save number 37 on the season. He leads the National League in the catagory by two over Jason Isringhausen. He is seven behind the major league leader Chad Cordero.
The Padres scored their three runs in the fourth. Ramon Hernandez lead off the inning with a homerun to left field. Then with two outs and no one on Dave Roberts tripled, Ben Johnson doubled, and Mark Loretta singled for the only three runs the Padres would get or need.
Jake Peavy has been scratched from his start today with a sore shoulder. Middle reliever Clay Hensley will start. Hensley was 2-2 with a 2.99 ERA in AAA Portland.
Padres win 3-2 against Colorado
Yesterday the Padres pulled the series with the Rockies out.
They were able to score two runs in the first inning off Rockies starting pitcher Sunny Kim. They were unable to score any after that until the tenth inning in which Olivo singled and was sacrificed to second. He then scored on a two-out single over, Colorado center fielder, Cory Sullivan's head.
The Rockies had tied it up on a two-run triple by Matt Holliday scoring Aaron Miles and Todd Helton. Those runs were off of Padres starter Brain Lawrence. Lawrence went seven terrific innings giving up just the two runs. He only threw 90 pitches, 56 for strikes. Otsuka, Hoffman, and Linebrink each pitched an inning of relief.
Manager Bruce Bochy really wanted this win. He sent in Eric Young to pinch hit for starting center fielder Dave Roberts, but when Rockies manager Clint Hurdle changed pitchers Bochy changed to Ryan Klesko to hit. Young did not see a pitch.
Bochy also used pitcher Woody Williams as a pinch hitter in the tenth to sacrifice Olivo to second in the tenth inning. Olivo later scored the winning run.
With the win the Padres and San Francisco loosing to the Cubs the Padres took two games off of their magic number to win the NL West. Their magic number now stands at 17.
Padres vs Dodger series preview
Padres vs Dodgers Series Preview
Friday Woody Williams (7-11 4.85) vs DJ Houlton (5-8 5.23)
Woody had a terrific start against the Brewers last Saturday giving up only one run in six innings. In this game he was the Woody of old, throwing only 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Most of the Dodgers have not had very good luck against Woody. The player to watch out for is Jeff Kent. Kent is 5-14 (.326 BA) with three homeruns and eight RBIs. Williams is 1-1 (one no decision) with a 2.25 ERA against LA this season. The best ERA he has against any NL West team.
Houlton(2-0 3.86 vs the Pads) has had quite a bit of success against the Padres. Not many Padre have a good record against Houlton. Jackson, Roberts, and Nady all have homers on him, but has only had one win since the first of July which came against the Cubs.
Saturday Jake Peavy (12-6 2.93) vs Derek Lowe (9-13 3.77)
Peavy loves to pitch against LA. He is 4-1 against them in his career (1-0 this season). The Dodgers only have a .161 batting average against Peavy with the only HR coming from Jeff Kent. Peavy is questionable for this start.
Lowe has shown that he is way over paid ($7 million this year). He had success against the Padres this season (1-1 0.86 ERA in three starts). The current Padres have a .286 BA lifetime against Lowe with only Joe Randa homering against him.
Sunday Chan Ho Park (12-7 5.83) vs Brad Penny (6-9 3.82)
Park has not faced the team that he started out his career with. A few Dodgers have faced Park while with other teams. Those that have are .244 BA with 3 HR and 15 RBI against him. Again Kent is the one to watch for (2 HR 8 RBI). Park will be psyched up for this one.
The current Padres are batting .330 with 2 homeruns and 13 RBI against Penny lifetime. Penny pitched against the Padres back on June 20th in which he only gave up one run but got the loss. Peavy was pitching for the Padres that night and struck out 13 in eight innings shutting out the Dodgers. Penny has only won three games since July 1st with three losses and five no decisions.
With Gagne on the disabled list for the rest of the season, the Dodgers have had to rely on the rest of the bullpen to fill in. Dodgers relievers are 21-23 with a 4.72 ERA and 37 saves this season.
Padres need to take two out of three in the series.
San Francisco is playing a four game series against Chicago which started last night. Fading Arizona plays against Colorado.
Okay so I am not a very good daily blogger! So what!
Last night the Padres looked good against the Rockies. They were able to get the hits that they needed against a pitcher that they haven't been able to score many runs against, Jeff Francis. Francis gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings including a solo shot by Mark Loretta (only his second of the season). The Pads then scored an additional run in the seventh off Ryan Speier. Giles walked then after Greene flew out Brian stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. On the next pitch Giles scored on a wild pitch.
Adam Eaton gave an awesome pitching performance. Eaton gave up only two runs, both in the fourth, in six innings. It was his first win since June 9th. He spent two months on the disabled list. He had 114 pitches with 74 being strikes. If he keeps this up he will be back to his old form before the post season.
The Padres have one more game today against the Rockies. Sunny Kim (4-2 4.50) vs Brain Lawrence (7-14 4.83). The two pitchers faced each other just over two weeks ago with Kim taking the win in a 4-2 decision.
Next up is the Dodgers. Preview will be tonight or tomorrow morning.
It was Adam Eaton's second start back since coming off the disabled list and he did what he had to do to give the Padres a chance to win. Unfortunately when he came out of the game the Padres were trailing 3-2.
The Padres scored first on a single by Brian Giles in the third inning. They made it 2-0 on a single with two on in the fourth by Miguel Olivo. Then Eaton gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth including a two-run homer to Geoff Jenkins.
The game remained 3-2 until the eighth inning in which Khalil Greene came up with Joe Randa on second reaching on a double. Greene fouled the first two pitches off then homered to put the Padres ahead 4-3.
The Padres added what ended up being much needed insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning. Recent callup Paul McAnulty walked on four pitches. Ben Johnson then drove a 1-1 pitch into the seats for his second homerun in as many days to put the Padres up 6-3.
Hoffman came in and completed his 35th save, but the game ended up being closer than the Padres wanted. Greene booted a ball that should have been the first out to put Wes Helms at first. After striking out both Russell Branyan and Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy hit a two-run homerun to bring Milwaukee within one run. Hoffy then struck out Brady Clark to close out the Brewers and complete the save.
Padres gain a half a game on all the other NL West teams because they are the only team playing tonight. They also take their magic number to 24.
Tomorrow is Brian Lawrence (7-13 4.61) vs Chris Capuano (14-9 3.61). Miller Park is a hitters park so hopefully this will completely bring the Padres bats out of the slump for good.
I have had internet problems lately both at home and at work. So let me get this caught up.
The Padres had some tough luck against the Rockies and should have won all three games. The first two games should have been won with just a base hit in the ninth inning, but that did not happen. Their bats came back in the final game of the series.
Then they played the Dbacks. After the first game I was really worried. They continued to not get it done. Luckily they got Greene back and Giles' knee injury was not as bad as could have been. The Padres were able to take the last two of the series.
They now face the Brew Crew with their record back up to .500. Here is a preview
Adam Eaton (9-3 3.86) vs Rick Helling (1-0 4.63)
Eaton make his second start after coming off the DL. He had an okay start against the Rockies giving up three runs and should have had the win, but the bats just could not do it against Jeff Francis. Once he gets everything ironed out he should be back to form and give the Padres a good 1-2 punch in the starting pitching. Eaton is 1-0 5.73 in two starts against Milwaukee last season.
Rick Helling is making only his second start as a Brewer. In his first start on August 27 he lasted 4 innings giving up three runs. He faced the Pads back in 2002 when he was with Arizona and went 1-1 3.86 ERA. Helling is forced into the starting role due to the fact that Ben Sheets is on the DL for the remainder of the season.
Brian Lawrence (7-13 4.61) vs Chris Capuano (14-9 3.61)
Lawrence too has had some bad luck due to lack of run support. Last start against the Rockies, one pitch beat him. A fastball in which Todd Helton hit for a grand slam and the Padres lost 4-2. Lawrence has actually had some good starts as of late. He faced the Brewers earlier in the season and gave up 5 rus in 5 2/3 innings in the loss.
Capuano is 2-3 3.73 ERA in August with five starts. Not many of the Padres have seen Capuano in a game. Mark Loretta is the best of those that have. Mark is 4-5 with a double and an RBI. Giles is the only other Padre to get a hit (1-5 3 RBI).
The Padres face the Brewers Saturday and Sunday, but those pitchers have not been announced. From the Padres look for probaly Williams and Park. Then the Padres face Colorado again.
Okay, last nights game was a tough one. They certainly had the chance to win numerous times. The Padres were just hitting at-em balls. Jason Jennings pitched a really good game and has pitched good against the Padres.
Adam Eaton had a decent first game back. Once he shakes off the rest of the rust he should be able to help the Padres finish out the season in first place. He has said he is able to throw all his pitches without pain. He should have a better start next time.
Tonight Brian Lawrence pitches against Sunny Kim. Should be a good game.
Okay, this is somewhat Padres related. I was over at Barry Bonds official website seeing if there was any new info on when he will return. I read his press release
from August 15 and something stuck out. Let me quote from it.
"On another good note, Dr. Yucom ran my blood work. It came back negative." (See link above for full context)
In the paragraph where this sentence appears he is talking about how his recovery is going and what his doctors are saying. Then he says the his work came back negative. Negative of what? Why would there be a reason to run work? What was the work for?
Makes you wounder.
Padres gained a half game on Arizona and LA last night thanks to the Mets and the Rockies.
The Padres now host the Colorado Rockies for a three game series starting tonight. They have 35 more games to go. Only seven are against teams not in the NL West. Here is a break down of the games they have left.
10 games against Colorado (6 home, 4 road)
6 games against Arizona (3 home, 3 road)
4 against Milwaukee (all on the road)
6 against LA (3 home, 3 road)
7 against San Francisco (3 home, 3 road)
3 against Washington (all at home)
Of these only Washington has a better record than the Padres. The Padres need to keep up their pace of the past couple weeks and keep that momentum into the playoffs.
Game 1 Tonight
Jeff Francis vs Adam Eaton
This game will show if Adam Eaton has recovered from the injury he suffered earlier this season. Eaton had three rehab starts in AAA Portland and both the trainers and him feel that he is ready to pitch all his pitches without pain. This will be Adam's first major league start since June.
The Padres have feasted off Jeff Francis' pitching this season. Francis is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts this season. In his one start this season in PETCO Park he gave up five runs in six innings and the Padres went on to win the game 5-4.
Francis also pitched against the Padres in Colorado. In that start he gave up seven runs in four innings. The Padres went on to win 8-5. Since the All-Star break he is 3-3 with an 8.19 ERA.
Game 2 Saturday
Sunny Kim vs Brian Lawrence
Brain Lawrence has been back to his good pitching performances as of late. In his past two starts against Florida and Atlanta Brian went 1-0 giving up only two runs in eleven innings. In his one start at Colorado in July he pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up only one run, but the Padres lost 1-0.
Kim has faced the Padres three times in his career all of them with Boston. He is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA.
Game 3 Sunday
Jamey Wright vs. Pedro Astacio
Jamey Wright is on pace to lose 20 games this season. He is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA vs the Padres. He actually pitched pretty good in his start in PETCO Park giving up only one run in 6 1/3 innings. He faced San Diego back in July in Colorado, but did not fare too well then. He lasted 5 1/3 innings giving up 6 runs (4 earned).
Pedro Astacio has been pretty consistent lately. In his past three starts he has only given up five runs in 19 innings. He won one of those and got two no decisions (one of which the Padres won). He faced Colorado in his first appearance with the Padres and gave up two runs in 3 innings. The Padres won that game 7-5.
Okay I'm back. I have been busy an then it was me and my wife's anniversary. Well anyway. . .
Congradulations to Treveor Hoffman on save number 425. He is now second place on the all-time saves list. Hoffy pitched an almost perfect ninth. He walked the first batter, but then retired the next three, one on a strikeout.
Chan Ho Park started the game for the Padres and is starting to look like the Park of a couple years ago. He had really good movement on a lot of his pitches including some that would break at the last second. Park pitched five innings giving up two runs, one unearned. This was his second start in PETCO Park, both of which he has been the winning pitcher.
The Astros who have been in quite a hitting slump left 24 men on base. The Padres left 26 men on base, but were able to get quite a few of their seven runs with two out.
Giles, who has been starting to get his swing back, came a homer short of being the first in Padres history to hit for the cycle. He went three for five with two RBI and a run scored.
Joe Randa has been a key pickup for the Padres has contributed to the Padres coming out of their own hitting slump. Randa went three for five with three runs scored. He has contributed mor than Burroughs had this season.
Trevor dedicated save number 425 to his friend and bullpen catcher Mark Merila. Merila is due to start chemotherapy today for a brain tumor. I pray that Merila will make a speedy recovery and beat back that cancer again.
The Padres now face the Rockies and the Dbacks in PETCO.
Okay, so I knew that the Padres would have a hard time scoring runs against Willis, but I did not think that Woody Williams would give up that many runs and all in a couple innings. Let's put that game behind us. Willis is a good pitcher and the Pads are hitting off and on.
Tonight we have Peavy vs Beckett (11-6 3.32). This will be a pretty good matchup. Peavy did not have as good of an outing when he pitched against Philly last weekend, but he can pick it right back up and pitch a really good game tonight. Jake Peavy has faced the Marlins twice. Once of which was in Marlins Stadium/Pro Player Stadium. That game he gave up two runs in 7.2 innings and lost. The other time he faced the Marlins he did the same in seven innings and won. He has not faced the Marlins this season.
In Beckett's start against the Padres in PETCO Park earlier this season he gave up three runs in 7.2 innings and lost to the Padres hitting. Beckett is a better pitcher at home. His ERA at home is well over one run better at home than on the road.
Look for a good pitchers dual in this game. Should be pretty low scoring.
After tonight's game the Pads travel to Atlanta where they should face Hampton, Ramirez, and Smoltz. Hey mabye they will give Kolb another shot at blowing a couple more games to the Padres.
Khalil Greene was placed on the 15 day DL with a broken toe. He will be back in early September.
Adam Eaton has had one of his two scheduled rehab starts in Portland. His first one was decent. He allowed three runs in four innings. He is scheduled to rejoin the Padres on Monday.
Ramon Hernandez will be back in mid-September.
Okay so I did not post anything since the Padres went to Philly. Then they stunk it up and let themselves get swept by a team that they should have swept. That is behind us. They are now in Florida.
The Padres did just what they needed to last night. Lawerence pitched an awesome game only giving up one earned run in five innings. It would have been nice to see him pitch one or two innings without giving up any more runs, but he already had 112 pitches.
The Padres bullpen came in and saved the day with four different pitchers each pitching one inning culminating with Hoffman coming in and getting career save number 424. He is now tied with John Franco for second all-time.
The Padres were able to get three of their four runs off of Marlins rookie starter Jason Vargas. Vargas, who was 3-0 going into last nights game, gave up three runs in 5.1 innings. The go ahead run was scored by Mark Loretta on a triple by Miguel Olivo. Olivo, who had missed the squeeze sign, hit the ball over Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre and turned the speed on. Olivo then scored on a basehit by Mark Sweeney.
Tonight the Padres play game two of the three game series with the Marlins. Dontrelle Willis (15-8 2.79) pitches for the Marlins. Woody Williams (6-8 4.92) goes for the Padres. The Padres will need a good pitching performance from Williams and need to bring the good bats to be able to win against Willis who is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA and a no-decision lifetime against the Padres.
Willis has not had a very successful August. He is 1-2 for the month, but has a 0.86 ERA during his three starts.
The Padres have had a complete reversal of the beginning of the season. The Padres were almost unbeatable at home during April and May. Now if their last road trip has anything to say about this part of the season they are almost unbeatable on the road. They were 5-1 on their last road trip and have started this one off on the right foot. Hopefully they can keep it up because they have a three game series at Atlanta starting Friday. When they faced the Braves earlier in the season at Petco Park they were able to take a four game sweep from the Braves.
Okay, here is the Padres vs Philthies series preview.
The Philthies have lost Jim Thome to the DL and cannot come off till after this series so they will not have to worry about him.
Friday, August 12 7:05 pm Pacific TimeJohn Leiber
(10-10 5.00) vs Jake Peavy
Peavy has 29 strikeouts total in his last three starts. (10, 9, then 10) The Phillies only have a .238 BA against Jake with no homeruns and 2 RBIs. The best player on the Phillies against Peavy is Kenny Lofton
who is batting .600 (3-5 0 HR 0 RBI). Jake has been on a roll winning his last two starts and getting a no decision in the start previous to that. In the no decision he only gave up one run, but the Padres ended up winning the game 2-1. Watch for Jake to have a good outing tonight.
Saturday, August 13 7:05 pmVincente Padilla
(5-11 5.00) vs Pedro Astacio
This will be an interesting matchup. Two losing pitchers going head to head. Philadelphia is batting .303 with 12 HR and 36 RBI lifetime against Astacio. Pedro faced them in Philly back in July. He only gave up 2 runs, but the Padres lost 2-0.
The Padres are batting .295 with 5 HR and 14 RBIs lifetime. Klesko
, and Giles
all have HRs against Padilla. Back in July he gave up three earned runs in six innings to the Padres. The Phillies won that game 8-6. And that was with the Padres in a hitting slump.
Should be an interesting matchup.
Sunday, August 14 1:05 pmRobinson Tejada
(2-2 2.86) vs Chan Ho Park
Chan Ho Park is just coming off the pitching performance of the season where he battled Pedro Martinez
for the win. Park came off the victor surrendering only one run in seven innings to the New York Mets.
Only a few Phillies have had ABs against Park. Bobby Abreu
has a homerun in 14 ABs and not much else for the rest of the team. We will see if pitching in PETCO Park is just what the doctor ordered for Park as this will be his second start in the spacious confines in San Diego.
No Padre has more than 3 ABs against Tejada, but none have gotten a hit against him. Tejada pitched against the Padres in July going six innings of no-hit ball with 5 walks.
Looking at the Padres chasers in the Pennant drive Arizona goes to Atlanta and the Dudgers get the beat up Mets.
Go Atlanta and NY!
Woody Williams really gave the Padres what they needed. He pitched seven innings only giving up one run on six hits. He went out there and gave the Padres a chance to win the game all they needed to do was get some runs against one of the best pitchers of the past decade. They came through with just enough to win.
The Padres scored their winning run on a triple by David Ross and a single by Joe Randa. The triple came on a violent head to head collision involving Mets outfielders Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran. Cameron was taken to the hospital and it has not been released to what extent he was injured. Beltran walked off the field on his own, but was removed from the game. I wish the best recovery to both.
Otsuka came in to pitch the ninth giving up just one walk. Hoffman came in to record a perfect ninth to record save number 30 on the season. He now has 10 seasons with 30 or more saves. That is tied for the record with Lee Smith. Hoffman, with 423 career saves (422 with the Padres), is just one save behind John Franco for second place in all-time saves. He is also now 55 saves behind all-time saves leader Lee Smith.
As of the writing of this blog entry the Marlins just broke a scoreless tie and lead 1-0 over the Dbacks.
I am at home sick with a sore neck today, so I will give an in game report.
Woody Williams is matching up really good against Glavine. It is the middle of the sixth an the Padres are tied 1-1. Woody has given up only 4 hits, two of them to Cliff Floyd, to Glavine's seven hits. This is going to be a close one.
did not have a good outing last night. I did not get to listen to the game at all because I was in a lot of pain. I hurt my neck.
The good thing is that the rest of the division lost except for the Rockies. Padres still lead the division by four games. Hopefully Woody Williams
will have a good pitching outing today at Petco Park. Glavine
(8-9 4.50) vs Williams (5-8 5.16). Padres faced Glavine back in July in New York Glavine won giving up 2 earned runs in six innings. In the past the Padres have had pretty good luck against Glavine.
The Padres need to continue to show that they are out of their hitting slump and Williams needs to return to the form he was in while with St Louis. This season Williams is better at home than on the road (3-5 4.30 Home vs 2-3 6.64 road). He has not won a game since the All-Star break going 0-3 with an 8.23 ERA and his last game in Washington was a no decision. Good luck Woody.
Greene continues to be hot especially with the glove making three awesome plays last night.
What can I say, Chan Ho Park
came through when the Padres needed him. Hopefully the pitching friendly confines of Petco Park is just what he needed. Park, the pitcher not the stadium, went 5.2 innings surrendering only 2 runs. He struk out eight Mets to notch his first win as a Padre.
On the hitting side both Greene
homered off of Martinez
. Dave Roberts
doubled and tripled. Every Padre in the starting lineup got a hit. All said, Pedro Martinez stunk it up for the Mets last night. Martinez was removed from the game after pitching only five innings, his shortest outing this year.
The Padres are now on a five game win streak and have won six of the last seven. They have extended their lead in the National League West to 4 games with the Dbacks getting shutout by the Marlins.
Tommorow's pitching matchup is Kris Benson
(7-4 3.72) vs Brain Lawrence
(6-11 4.43) faced each other back in July when the Pads were in New York. Both got no decisions as the Mets prevailed 3-1 on a 2 run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by Chris Woodward
. Should be a good pitching matchup. The Padres should be able to get more than one run against Benson now that they are out of their hititng slump.
Day game tomorrow then a weekend series against Florida.
Let me start off today with a big CONGRATS to Jake Peavy
who was voted NL Player of the Week
. Jake had two awesome starts. He had 19 strikeouts in 16 innings giving up only 3 runs (all in the first start) and notching two wins. Jake also now leads the majors in Ks with 165. Keep up the good work and take the Pads to the playoffs.
Mets at Padres Aug 9-11
Game 1 Aug 9Pedro Martinez
(12-3 2.81 ERA) vs Chan Ho Park
(8-5 5.84 ERA, 0-1 10.39 ERA with Padres)
This will be a tough one for the Padres. Park has not pitched very well since he signed a contract with the Rangers before being traded to the Padres. In his only start so far with the Padres he lasted only 4.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs. In his past 10 starts (including 9 with the Rangers) he is 2-4 with a 6.79 ERA.
Martinez is Martinez. He is 12-3 with a 2.81 ERA this season. While the Padres have not faced Pedro this season they have faced him twice in the past couple years in interleague play while he was with the Boston Red Sox. Last season the Padres where only able to eek out two hits in eight innings against him with no runs scored.
Of the current Padres, Ryan Klesko
has had the best success against Pedro. Ryan has a .345 average with 4 HR and 7 RBI in 29 AB. Klesko has not played in a week though with a sore back. Hopefully the weeks rest will be enough so he can get back in the lineup and hit one off of Martinez.
Game 2 Aug 10Kris Benson
(7-4 3.72 ERA) vs Brian Lawrence
(6-11 4.43 ERA)
Game 3 Aug 11Tom Glavine
(8-9 4.50 ERA) vs Woody Williams
(5-8 5.16 ERA)
I will give previews of games 2 and 3 the day of the game.
Right now the Padres have a three game lead over the Dbacks and a six game lead over the Dudgers.
The Dbacks (54-59) go to Florida to face the Marlins (57-54).
The Duds (50-61) are at Chavez Latrine facing the Philthadelphia Philthies (58-54).
What a game! Peavy
was awesome. Not only did he have 10 strikeouts, he helped himself out by driving in the only run he would need. Yet the Padres went on to get two more runs.
Peavy gave the Pads what they needed. He pitched a complete game giving up only five hits with 119 pitches, 89 for strikes, saving the bullpen. Peavy now leads the majors in Ks with 165, two more than Pedro Martinez
(on the same number of starts) and Johan Santana
(who has one more start). Peavy won the ERA title last season had 173 Ks in 27 games. Including yesterdays 3-0 shutout Peavy has two complete game shutouts, both this season.
While the Padres only had six hits they made those hits count. Peavy got his hit after Greene
doubled and both Young
The Padres may need the bullpen on Tuesday, they face Pedro Martinez and the Mets in Petco Park. In the past three years the Padres have faced Martinez twice, both times the Pads were unable to score a run. This is a different year though and Pedro does not have the Boston defense behind him. Chang Ho Park
will start for the Padres. Hopefully he can not give up as many runs as he did last time and give the Pads a chance to win this one.
I will give more of a preview tomorrow.
About a month ago I was afraid of what would happen as the Pads went to DC to play the other Nats (I also call the SF team the Gnats because they need to be swatted). Up until a week or two ago the Nats had been tearing up the NL east. With the Pads being in a slump that makes for a horrible combination.
Before came into DC they played the Pirates. With the way the Pirates have been playing this season it could have gone either way. The Pads were in a slump. They could have blown it. The Dbacks were percentage points ahead of the Padres going into Pittsburgh. If they didn't do anything they could have hung it up for the season. Luckily the Pads brought their brooms and Arizona lost two of three to Houston.
Then comes the trip into DC. The Nats have been in a slump lately. They were in first place hoping to break the Braves division champs streak at unlucky 13. Then they started losing games. The first game started out with the Padres continuing to break out of the hitting slump. They were scoring runs early. Then Woody Williams
gave up the lead. They scored some more runs then Williams gave up some more runs.
It did not look good going into the final innings. The Nats had a one run lead, but the Pads scored the tying run in the eighth. I was happy that it was tied because the Pads bullpen has been bringing it back together lately. Then came the ninth inning. The Pads played small ball and manufactured a run. Game over, the bells started ringing. Hoffman
came in and shut down the Nats for a good start to the series.Astacio
started the second game. His first two starts with the Padres were horrible, he gave up seven runs in two games and lost both games. I was not too worried about the three game series as Jake Peavy
pitches tommorow (8/7). Pedro came in and pitched pretty good. He only gave up two runs in six innings. The Padres were able to score three runs to win the second game and lock up the series as a winning one for the Padres.
Okay Peavy pitches tommorow as I am going to not be posting on Sundays I will put my preview in tonight. Jake is an awesome pitcher. The best starter the Padres have. He has had a couple of bad starts and some where he did not get any run support. Now with the Padres broken out of their hitting slump that should not be a problem.
Peavy does not throw the ball 100 mph, he just has awesome pinpoint control over his pitches. Numerous times he has had 9 strikeouts in 6-7 innings. Hopefully he can go 7 or 8 innings or even a complete game tommorow and give the bullpen some rest.
Jake goes against Loaiza
. Loaiza has not won since the middle of last month. In his last three starts he has given up a total of eight runs and lost two of those games. One of those loses was against Oswalt
so I will give him that. In my opinion Jake could hold his own against Oswalt or even Clemens
. It should be a good game.
Okay let me start off my first post by telling about me and being a Padres fan.
I am 34 years old and I have been a Pads fan since I was 11. I lived in San Diego from 1983-1995. I now live in Colorado and why would I want to be a Rockies fan? They stink as much as the Pads did during the late 80's and early 90's (mabye worse).
I decided why change. So I am staying a Padres fan.
I loved watching Tony Gwynn
and the hundreds of other players that came through. It seemed that the good ones would always be traded or the middle of the road ones would be traded because everyone thought that they were on their way out and then they would go on to win a world series for some other team. Life kinda sucked. I would go into a season with optimisim and by the All-Star break the season would basically be over.
Last season was nice until they traded away their fifth starter and it was the wrong thing to do.
This season has been interesting. They had an awesome May. Even though they did not put much room between them and the Dbacks and the Dudgers they played awesome. Then they had a horrible record in June and July and yet there is not much difference in the standings as to the lead that they have. At one streak they were gaining ground and yet only winning on out of three. They have only not been in first place a handfull of days since the middle of May.
We will see what the rest of the season holds.