The final game of the series in San Diego (and the short West Coast trip) gets under way at 6:35 PM EDT. Here’s a quick look at the pitching matchup for today’s tilt
Reds (8-3): Travis Wood (season: 1-1, 5.25; v. Padres: 0-0, 3.86)
Wood has seen a good outing followed by a not-so-good outing at the onset of 2011. Petco Park may just be the cure to get him back on track. Today’s game will mark only the second time Wood has faced the Padres. The previous outing was at Petco last season. He surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits while going 7 innings in that performance. The Reds dropped that game by a final of 4-3 with the loss going to Aroldis Chapman. Wood received a no-decision.
The only fact from that outing is that Will Venable crashed a home run off Wood that game. Not much else to take away from it.
Padres (4-6): Tim Stauffer (season: 0-1, 5.06; v. Reds: 2-0, 1.65)
Seeing the Reds can only widen the eyes of Stauffer considering his success against them. He made his MLB debut in ’05 against Cincy and took home a victory after a 6 IP, 4H, 2 ER effort. And he’s only gotten better against the Redlegs since then. In his next three times facing Cincinnati, he has surrenderd only 1 run in 10.1 innings. He averages in the around 90 with his fastball and 80 with a changeup. Stauffer also throws three other pitches: cutter, curve and slider.
Today will be Stuaffer’s third start and fifth overall appearance against the Reds. Could also prove to be a tough one for the Reds, too.
A kind of early game as the Reds will have tomorrow off. Then, it’s back home to play 13 games in 13 days.
Yes, we will see more of Sam LeCure.