OK. Some of you may not view tonight’s pitching matchup as a marquee matchup. When you take the first game of a series, the second game is then the most important one to win. Keeping with Dusty’s mantra (granted, paraphrased): win the series.
Tonight’s game has a start of 10:05 PM EDT.
Cincinnati Reds (7-3) v. San Diego Padres (4-5)
Cincy: Sam LeCure (season: 0-0, 3.00 ERA; first start v. SD)
With this being the first time LeCure will face the Padres, you may then want to revert how Sam does on the road v. at GABP. Here’s that breakdown:
Doesn’t look too good, does it? Here’s the silver lining. If there is one ballpark in which you can improve those away stats, it’s Petco Park. According to Baseball Reference, it is the most pitcher friendly park in all of baseball. I believe most baseball fans are aware of this fact. 2010 marked the highest Petco has ever rated as far as being “hitter friendly”…and it really isn’t.
Padres: Clayton Richard (season: 1-0, 3.86 ERA; v. Reds: 0-1, 8.10 ERA)
Richard will be making his 4th career start against the Reds and he’s hasn’t had a whole lot of success in his previous three.
As a member of the Chicago White Sox in early ’09, the Reds got to Richard for 5 runs (3 earned) in 3 innings. The White SOx prevailed in that game and Richard received no decision. The trade to San Diego would not be an ail for him for his two starts in 2010. In the 10.1 innings Richard pitched against the Reds, Cincy scored 9 runs. The Padres would lose both games, but Richard was credited with the loss in only one of those.
Here’s the full list of the Reds that have faced Richard:
This proves even more that the Reds have success against the lefty. But I have a question…
Could we see Drew Stubbs sit another game? Most likely not even though Chris Heisey played an excellent game last night. Great diving catch AND the GW two-run shot off Mat Latos. Even after the game, Jim Day questioned Heisey about his (Heisey’s) talent and how he would be starting on any other roster in the majors. Heisey had the professional response in that he’s happy to play.