Signs pointing to Wade LeBlanc as the 5th starter

Wade LeBlanc will be pitching in a minor league start today to avoid facing the Cincinnati Reds. The first time that the Padres will need to use a 5th starter would be against the Reds on April 12th. By keeping LeBlanc out of the lineup, it prevents the Reds from seeing his pitches and learning the timing and movement.

Also, Dustin Moseley and Corey Luebke were both used in one inning relief stints in their latest outings. By this time in spring, the starting pitchers would want to get their pitch counts up to prepare for the season.

LeBlanc will need to pitch much better during the season in comparison to his spring numbers. He has a 7.78 ERA this spring, but he will benefit getting out of Arizona and into PETCO Park.

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  • Larry

    Well, LeBlanc pitched much better in ST last year, but not as well during the regular season. He hasn’t looked as good this ST (none of the Padres starters looked as good as last year) so maybe he’ll do better in the regular season?

    I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about Wade, but I believe he had 17 quality starts out of 25 last year, but got no support. He went through 14 starts last year where the Padres scored a total of 11 runs while he was in the game. That’s walking a tightrope without a net. They scored 23 runs after he left, and the team went 10-4 in those starts. Jed must have noticed, if the fans didn’t.

  • Web Soulsurfer

    Once they make a start in the final week, you know they are destined for the starting rotation.

    You cant take a guy that is throwing 1-2 innings and stretch him out in time to make starts in regular season at this point in ST.

  • Ernie Padaon

    with the shoulder soreness from Latos, we may need LeBlanc earlier than we thought.