Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a day at the office, watching the game on your vape breaks and in between staff meetings. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (3-7) scored fewer runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (5-5), 3-0, yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27) gave up just two runs while striking out eight batters in six innings with three hits and three walks. Unfortunately, the Phillies’ Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00) pitched a complete game with sixteen strikeouts and no walks with three hits.
The game was over by the second inning, when Ryan Howard hit a leadoff home run. The Phillies added another run off Pomeranz in the sixth inning when Howard hit a sacrifice fly to plate Odubel Herrera. The Phillies’ third run came in the seventh inning on a wild pitch by reliever Carlos Villanueva.
Overall, yesterday’s game was a perfect storm of suck. The sputtering offense faced a dominant pitcher.
The Padres come home tonight for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-7). James Shields (0-2, 4.85) takes the hill against Zack Greinke (0-2, 9.90) at 7:40pm PDT. All we can truly hope for is that the Padres’ hitters don’t get distracted by the Diamondbacks’ hideous road uniforms.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (2-3) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (2-3), 16-3, last night in the second game of their series in Coors Field.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 3.60) made his Padres debut, pitching five innings while surrendering two runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.46) pitched four innings, giving up seven run on seven hits and five walk with three walks. Matt Kemp drove in six runs with an RBI single, a solo home run, and a three-run shot. Cory Spangenberg had four RBI, including a three-run home run. Jon Jay scored twice while driving in three. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the ninth inning. Rookie Jabari Blash hit a pinch-hit double for his first Major League hit.
Yangervis Solarte came up lame running to first base in the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring.
This afternoon the series wraps up at Coors Field with James Shields (0-1, 4.50) taking the mound against Chad Bettis (0-0, 8.44) at 1:10pm PDT.
After covering the position players a few weeks back, we’re back today with some crazy pitcher predictions. Let’s get right to it . . . after this standard disclaimer:
Predictions are for the player’s full season, regardless of whether or not they are traded, but only count major-league performance (unless otherwise noted).
You can look at Shields’ 2015 season in two ways.
- He stunk. He allowed a league-leading 33 home runs in pitcher-friendly Petco, and he posted a below average ERA once accounting for ballparks. He also pitched “just” 202 1/3 innings, his lowest total since his rookie campaign, while also notching a career-worst 3.6 walks per 9.
- He was sneaky good. Shields’ 25.1 percent strikeout rate was the highest mark of his career, up nearly six percentage points from 2014—even though his velocity was down 1.5 miles per hour. His HR/FB was an unsustainably high 17.6 percent, and it’s bound to regress significantly going forward.
Huh, strange year. The glass half full outlook says Shields can keep his strikeout rate up while cutting down his walk rate and home run issues. That version of Shields would put him back on the fringes of the Cy Young race, but he’s 34 now—we won’t go quite that far.
The Prediction: 3.37 ERA, 22 percent strikeout rate, 24 home runs allowed
Ross feels like the type of pitcher ready to breakout as a true staff ace at any moment, and he’s come tantalizingly close already. He has his warts—trouble holding runners, higher than desired walk rates, injury risk due to heavy slider usage—but he also excels at just about everything you want from a pitcher. His 25.8 strikeout rate in 2015 marked a new career high, and that figure has been on the rise every year for Ross. His groundball rate has trended in the same direction, and last year it also reached a new peak at 61.5 percent. With sustained health and improved control, there’s no reason why Ross can’t take another jump forward in 2016.
The Prediction: 18 days on the DL (blister)