Your 11-17 San Diego Padres, fresh off of a 4-game series split on the North Side of Chicago against the Cubs return home to face the 15-13 Arizona Diamondbacks for a 3 game series at Petco Park starting Friday night. For those wondering what pitching probables we will see during the weekend series, here they are:
Friday May 3:
Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37 ERA, 26 SO) Vs. Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20 ERA, 18 SO)
Miley, who finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, is 2-0 so far in 2013. Coming off a so-so start against Colorado in which he went 4.1 IP, shortest outing of the season, surrendering 4 hits as well as 7 walks in a game his Diamondbacks would go on to win 3-2. In Marquis’ last start against San Francisco in which he went 6.2 IP, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs in a game your Padres won 6-4. Hopefully that is a start that can kick start Jason Marquis this season for the Padres.
Saturday May 4: Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91 ERA, 25 SO) Vs. Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.94 ERA, 10 SO)
Corbin has been statistically Arizona’s best starter all season. His three wins leads the team, as well as his 1.91 ERA. The Diamondbacks are also 5-0 in all of the starts that he has made this season. Clayton Richard, on the other hand, has struggled mightily in this early going of 2013. His longest start was his last, going 5.2 IP against the Cubs, but the hits that he is surrendering is a telling sign of why he is struggling so much so far. 30 hits in 22.1 innings so far this season ranks him only 40 in hits allowed, but he also has the least amounts of innings pitched of pitchers on that list. Look for Richard to turn it around Saturday night.
Sunday May 5: Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.78 ERA, 28 SO) Vs. Edison Volquez (2-3, 6.39 ERA, 18 SO)
In the finale of the series, both teams send their Opening Day starters to the hill. Kennedy, who has pitched better of late is looking to even up his record at 2-2. In his last start, Kennedy went 7 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out 2. Volquez, who before his last two starts, was up for consideration as “worst Opening Day starter ever” has certainly turned it around of late. Over his last two starts he has gone 12.2 IP, giving up only 4 runs on 12 hits. But easily the most encouraging stat for Padre fans is the fact he’s only given up 3 walks in those last two starts. Volquez, who has electric stuff to be a team’s ace, has always struggled with command and that has usually been his downfall as a major leaguer.
Hope to see all of you out at Petco Park, cheering on your Padres on to victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks!
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