Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
For two starts it was unclear why Arizona would abandon Ian Kennedy for a lefty specialist reliever. In Cincinnati 5 days ago he looked every bit the pitcher who was part of the Cy Young debate not to long ago. On Friday night, the bad version of Ian Kennedy made his Padres debut, displaying the issues with location that got him sent out of Phoenix. Kennedy only lasted 4 2/3rds of an inning, walking 4 including a devastating walk to opposing pitcher Jon Niese. David Murphy would make him pay for committing that cardinal sin with a 2-run HR. On the plus side Kennedy struck out 7.
Offensively, the Padres continue to struggle. They have no struck out 28 times in the first two games vs New York and have mustered only 3 runs.
The Padres look to right the ship tonight with EVHAU. The Mets will be debuting their highly touted catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud who was part of the R.A. Dickey trade with Toronto. Reminder that, as it is a Saturday game, first pitch is at 5:40pm.
Kennedy Pays For Mistakes Against Mets – Corey Brock (MLB.com Padres)
Niese Fans Nine As Mets Overpower Padres – Anthony DiComo (MLB.com Mets)
Mets Hit Kennedy, Stop Padres 5-2 – Bill Center (UT-San Diego)
“His stuff was good as evidenced by the seven strikeouts,” said Black. “But the fastball location wasn’t where it was in Cincinnati and it came back to bite him. The change wasn’t as effective. Those two things led to most of his difficulties, the fastball and the change.”
Will Venable is a 2.1 fWAR player with a 115 wRC+, and he's going to hit 20 home runs. #PPLive
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Every time the Padres strike out 10 times in a game all fans in attendance should get either a free pint or a free growler. #pplive
— PadresTrail (@PadresTrail) August 17, 2013
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