|SAN DIEGO ( ROSS )|
CINCINNATI ( FRANCIS )
|Doubleheader Game #2|
|969||SAN DIEGO||+105||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 7.5,-105|
|970||CINCINNATI||-115||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-1||+3.4||1-3||3.6||0.231||0.290||2.6||0.213||0.267|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||4-3||4.0||0.249||0.314||3.3||0.226||0.288|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-16||-3.6||12-16||3.4||0.242||0.305||3.4||0.226||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||1-5||3.0||0.217||0.280||4.0||0.232||0.305|
|5/5/2014||STULTS(L)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||6-5||W||+110||6.5 un||O||9||6||0||16||11||1|
|5/6/2014||ERLIN(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-3||L||-110||6.5 un||U||6||4||0||7||8||1|
|5/7/2014||CASHNER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-8||L||+100||6 un||O||8||8||3||14||11||0|
|5/13/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-1||W||100||7.5 un||U||3||4||1||7||8||0|
|5/15/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CINCINNATI||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|5/16/2014||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/17/2014||ERLIN(L)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)|| |
|5/18/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/22/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|5/6/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||3-4||L||115||8.5 un||U||10||10||0||11||13||1|
|5/7/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||3-4||L||145||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||10||9||0|
|5/13/2014||LEAKE(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-110||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||3||4||1|
|5/15/2014||CUETO(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|5/16/2014||SIMON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/17/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/18/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|5/19/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||CUETO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||SIMON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's almost as if last season didn't end for the San Diego Padres.|
The Padres go into 2014 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers and with one of their starting pitchers already having arm trouble.
There had been a general air of optimism surrounding the Padres, who are coming off seasons of 91, 86 and 86 losses. Their rotation has been bolstered, as well as their player payroll.
Then came word late in spring training that newcomer Josh Johnson, penciled in as the No. 3 starter, is expected to be out four to five weeks after straining his right forearm.
That still leaves a projected rotation of Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults, with a number of pitchers to choose from to replace Johnson.
''I think we have the talent on the mound, through our 12 guys that are going to make our team, to pitch well,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's a health component here like all teams. We've got keep our best players on the field.''
The Padres signed Johnson to an $8 million, one-year contact less than two months after he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances last season with Toronto.
When Johnson returns, the Padres hope he and Ian Kennedy can return to their old form.
Kennedy was acquired from division rival Arizona at the trading deadline. He went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA with San Diego after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. Johnson was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010.
The Padres will be tested right away. They open at home Sunday night against the defending NL West champion Dodgers and their $225 million payroll, led by ace Clayton Kershaw, himself a $215 million man. The Dodgers already sit atop the division after sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in Sydney.
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with Francis being called up to start second game)
*Padres-Reds Preview* =====================
San Diego (19-21) at Cincinnati (17-20), 6:10 p.m. EDT
Johnny Cueto had to wait an extra day for the chance to continue his strong start and cool off the San Diego Padres.
After Wednesday's meeting was postponed due to rain, Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds try to keep the visiting Padres from extending their season-high winning streak to five in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Thursday.
The Reds (17-20) have had eight rain delays, two postponements and one suspended game at home this season. Bad weather gave them another day to think about Tuesday's 2-1 loss to San Diego (19-21).
Cincinnati's struggling offense outhit San Diego 7-3, but the Reds went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position. They've totaled 17 runs and batted .200 while losing four of six.
Cueto (3-2, 1.43 ERA), who will start Game 1, hasn't received much offensive support either, getting no runs in both of his losses and a total of six runs in his three no-decisions.
The right-hander is the first pitcher to open a season with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs allowed in each of his first eight starts since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. Cueto went seven innings just four times in 11 starts last year, during which he battled injuries.
His 68 strikeouts in those eight starts are the most by a Reds pitcher since 1900.
Cueto allowed two runs in eight innings while striking out eight in a 4-3 win over Colorado on Friday.
"It's scary to say, but each start he's getting better," Reds catcher Brayan Pena told the team's official website.
Cueto, however, is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA in five career matchups with San Diego - his highest ERA against any team he's faced more than once.
Padres third baseman Chase Headley homered off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth in the closer's second appearance of the season Tuesday. Headley's home run was his second in three games since returning from a strained right calf. He had two in 70 at-bats prior to landing on the disabled list.
"I don't think he was quite hitting on all cylinders when the season started," manager Bud Black said.
Headley is 7 for 15 with two doubles against Cueto.
San Diego's Ian Kennedy (2-4, 3.12), set to take the mound in the first game, matched a career high with 12 strikeouts and didn't get a decision in a 3-1 loss to Miami on Thursday. He retired the first 14 he faced and yielded one run and four hits over seven innings while connecting for his first career home run.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four career starts against the Reds. He gave up two runs and three hits over eight innings of a 3-2, 13-inning loss at Cincinnati on Aug. 11.
San Diego's Seth Smith is 19 for 36 with eight doubles during a nine-game hitting streak. However, he's 0 for 6 against Cueto.
Cincinnati's Todd Frazier is batting .304 during a career-high 12-game hitting streak. He's 2 for 7 off of Kennedy.
Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.02) will take the ball for the Padres in the nightcap. The right-hander has allowed one earned run in seven innings in each of his last two starts, most recently Friday when he yielded four hits and struck out eight in a 10-1 win over Miami.
In his only previous start against the Reds, Ross gave up a run and four hits in seven innings of a 3-1 victory at Cincinnati on Aug. 10.
Alfredo Simon was to start Thursday's originally scheduled finale, but will be pushed back while the Reds are expected to use their permitted 26th man allowance.
Veteran Jeff Francis, 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Louisville, was called up early Thursday to start the second game. The 33-year-old left-hander appeared in 23 games for the Rockies last year and went 3-5 with a 6.16 ERA in 12 starts.
He's 7-14 with a 5.62 ERA in 27 starts against San Diego.
|Last Updated: 4/24/2018 12:12:37 AM EST|