The Padres enter today’s game trying to earn their first sweep of the season. Even better is that it would come against the rival Giants who currently sit in first-place in the division. Ian Kennedy (5-8, 3.90 ERA) will be tasked with bringing home the victory. Kennedy has had pretty good results against players on the current Giants’ roster; however, Buster Posey has owned Kennedy. Posey is 11-for-30 against Kennedy with a .367/.441/.467 in his career. Kennedy will need to keep the bases clear every time Posey comes to bat.
The Giants counter with Tim Lincecum (5-5, 4.90 ERA). Lincecum is nowhere the pitcher he was when he won 2 CY Young Awards, but pitches much better at home than on the road. Lincecum owns a 3.75 home ERA. The Padres will need to be patient and wait for their pitch to hit.
– Padres pitchers have not surrendered a home run in their last 56 innings pitched. That is the longest current active streak in the majors.
– On the season, the Padres pitchers have only allowed 61 home runs, the sixth-fewest in the Major Leagues.
– Tomorrow, the Padres will hold a free, public memorial tribute to Tony Gwynn at 7:19 pm at Petco Park. If you live close to the stadium it is not something you will want to miss.
Keep the Faith.