The San Diego Padres decided that it was about that they start making a run for the playoffs and the best way to that is to win the wild National League West. They also swept the NL West division leader, Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend which put them at .500 for the first time since April of 2011. The sweep them two games back of Arizona in the lead for the NL West. I’m not going to say that they have a chance to win the National League West but they have more of chance than the Dodgers this year. Padres are now part of the four team race in the NL West but one team could be knock out of the race, that team is the Rockies who are half a game back. However they received bad news that their star player, Troy Tulowitzki is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken rib.
Tulowizki was on route to win the National batting title before he got hurt.
Now the Padres are surprisingly led by their starting pitching which had a bad start but had dramatic improved over the weekend.
So let’s a recap this great weekend for Padres fans who might have witness the miracle they have been waiting for since Jake Peavy was pitching for the Padres and the manger of the team was Bruce Bochy.
On Friday night, Padres sent Eric Stults to the mound and he had the best game of his career, he was on fire the whole game. He only gave up two hits in his compete game win. The first hit was a double to the leadoff man, Gerardo Parra and the next hit would come by Willie Bloomquist in the ninth with one out. Continue reading
In a division that boasts the defending champs San Francisco Giants, the gritty Arizona Diamondbacks, the surprising Colorado Rockies, and the expensive Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s easy for a team like the San Diego Padres to get lost in the fray. Amazingly enough, despite getting next to no coverage they’re in 4th place and are just 4.5 games behind the Giants, D-Backs, and Rockies who are tied for first.
As the second month of the season is coming to a close they’re still in the hunt, so the question is can they compete with the juggernauts of the NL West.
The biggest question with the Padres is with their starting rotation. It currently consists of Edison Volquez, Eric Stults, Jason Marquis, Andrew Cashner, and Burch Smith. They also have Clayton Richard, Joe Wieland, and Corey Luebke on the DL who should join the rotation upon their return. So far this year the rotation has been roughed up quite a bit. Volquez, who is supposed to be their ace, is 3-5 with a 5.76 ERA and their supposedly number 2 (before he hit the DL) Clayton Richard is 0-4 with a 8.54 ERA. Continue reading
Andrew Cashner is anxious for his Wednesday start.
It will be a special occasion for the right-hander who returns to Wrigley Field for the first time as starter to face his former club. He will try to prove himself to the Chicago Cubs (10-16), who dealt him to the San Diego Padres (10-16) on January 6, 2012 for the return of their current first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Cashner (1-1, 3.26), serving mainly as reliever for two years in the Windy City, will pitch opposite Scott Feldman (1-3, 3.92) in the third game of this four-game set.
Chicago and San Diego split the first two games after the visitors overpowered the home side in a 20-run affair Tuesday.
Both starters came up with their first win of the season respectively in their previous start.
It was five days ago that Cashner went six innings to yield a lone run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk in the Padres’ 2-1 victory over the Giants at Petco Park. The Padres inserted him into the rotation on April 20 after relieving five times to begin the season. He is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in those starts. Continue reading