|SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )|
PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )
|953||SAN DIEGO||+100||Ov 8.5,+100||-115||Ov 8,+100|
|954||PHILADELPHIA||-110||Un 8.5,-120||+105||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-32||-14||20-30||3.0||0.220||0.274||4.2||0.254||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||1-6||1.4||0.141||0.201||4.1||0.227||0.270|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-9||-2.4||4-8||2.8||0.227||0.290||3.3||0.234||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||4.0||0.241||0.276||3.4||0.221||0.286|
|5/30/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-1||W||-130||8 ov||U||9||8||0||4||5||1|
|5/31/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||10||9||2||5||7||0|
|6/1/2014||STULTS(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-4||L||165||7.5 ov||U||2||0||0||6||3||0|
|6/10/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||2-5||L||-115||7.5 un||U||5||6||1||9||4||1|
|6/11/2014||ROSS(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||0-3||L||110||7 un||U||5||6||1||6||7||0|
|6/12/2014||STULTS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|6/13/2014||CASHNER(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||STAUFFER(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|6/16/2014||ROSS(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||STULTS(L)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/29/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||1-4||L||-105||8 un||U||4||3||1||8||8||0|
|5/30/2014||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||6-5||W||-135||7.5 ev||O||14||17||0||8||12||3|
|5/31/2014||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||4-5||L||-110||8 un||O||10||11||0||11||11||1|
|6/1/2014||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-4||L||-130||7 un||P||9||5||2||8||9||0|
|6/2/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||2-11||L||+100||8 ov||O||7||6||1||10||6||0|
|6/3/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||182||8 un||U||6||8||2||10||7||0|
|6/4/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-8||L||175||7 un||O||9||7||0||11||6||2|
|6/5/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||2-4||L||185||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||8||8||0|
|6/6/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||8-0||W||120||6.5 un||O||11||8||1||5||7||1|
|6/7/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||5-6||L||130||7.5 ov||O||11||5||0||6||5||0|
|6/8/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||1-4||L||155||8 un||U||6||8||0||6||2||0|
|6/10/2014||BURNETT(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||5-2||W||+105||7.5 un||U||9||4||1||5||6||1|
|6/11/2014||HAMELS(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||3-0||W||-120||7 un||U||6||7||0||5||6||1|
|6/12/2014||KENDRICK(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/13/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||BURNETT(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/16/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Phillies Preview* =========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
San Diego (28-36) at Philadelphia (26-36), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick is enduring a rough season, and has been plagued by first-inning woes.
Good news for him is the San Diego Padres don't do much hitting, regardless of the inning.
Kendrick takes the ball as the Phillies look for a three-game sweep of the sputtering Padres on Thursday.
Kendrick (1-6, 4.30 ERA) is pitching on six days' rest after manager Ryne Sandberg decided to swap his spot in the rotation with Cole Hamels to keep Hamels on regular rest.
Hamels tossed eight innings of five-hit ball while striking out 11 Wednesday, and the Phillies won 3-0 on Reid Brignac's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
"It feels great to come through for my teammates," said Brignac, who was 8 for 40 with 18 strikeouts before going deep.
The Phillies (27-36), who entered this series losers of eight of nine, have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak May 17-20. Their only sweep came over Miami from April 11-13, and they haven't swept San Diego since April 21-24, 2011.
Kendrick has a 2.57 ERA in two starts on at least six days' rest this season, but has a 5.02 ERA in his last six outings. The right-hander hasn't pitched since giving up four runs, six hits and a season-worst five walks in seven innings of last Thursday's 4-2 loss to Washington.
Kendrick's biggest problem for much of the season has been opponents' .382 average off him in the first inning - the third-worst mark among starters that have faced at least 40 batters in the first. However, he's limiting hitters to a .239 average after that.
The Padres (28-37) are last in the majors in runs (197), batting average (.216) and slugging percentage (.344). They're averaging 1.6 runs while going 2-7 this month, and have been blanked twice while batting .133 (12 for 90) with 30 strikeouts during a three-game losing streak.
No. 2 hitter Everth Cabrera has struck out 12 times during an 0-for-23 slump, No. 3 hitter Carlos Quentin is 0 for his last 30 and cleanup hitter Chase Headley is batting .170 while leaving 23 runners on base in his last 15 games.
Kendrick held the Padres to two runs over eight innings to win his only start against San Diego last season. Cameron Maybin and Headley are a combined 2 for 16 against Kendrick, with each homering once.
Not surprising considering his team's offensive woes, San Diego's Eric Stults (2-7, 5.68) has the majors' second-worst run support average at 2.63. Even if Stults was getting help from his offense, however, it may not lead to many more wins given the way he's been pitching.
The left-hander has an 8.53 ERA in his last four starts, and baseball's third-worst ERA among qualifying pitchers on the season. He permitted a season-high six runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings - the shortest of his 85 career starts - in Sunday's 6-0 loss to Washington. He served up another homer - his 13th in 65 innings. That ratio of 1.8 per every nine innings is third-worst in baseball.
"His pitches are up in the zone. He's not locating his fastball," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website. "A pitcher like Stultsy has to hit his spots."
Jimmy Rollins, who is three hits shy of breaking Mike Schmidt's franchise record of 2,234, is 3 for 8 with a homer lifetime against Stults.
Stults made the only two starts of his career against the Phillies last season, recording a 2.77 ERA without a decision.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 6:50:46 AM EST|