After finally having their winning streak snapped, the San Diego Padres are going to attempt to win their sixth straight game in which ace Tyson Ross has been the starter. The team’s four-game winning streak was snapped last night, with a 4-3 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals. Despite the loss, the Padres are still within striking distance of the second wild card spot, and remain the hottest team in all of baseball, having won 8 of their last 10, and 9 of their past 11.
Ross’ last outing against the Cardinals, was in San Diego, and he recorded the victory. In six innings, he allowed one earned run and struck out 7 back on July 29th. Ross has quietly placed himself among the very best pitchers in baseball, while playing for one of the worst offensive teams in modern major league history. Ross is attempting to get the Padres back on the winning track, while winning his 12th game of the season, and to lower his ERA from 2.63.
On offense for the Padres, they’ll be without shortstop Everth Cabrera, and first baseman Yonder Alonso, both of whom have been put on the disabled list earlier in the week. Cabrera re-injured his hamstring, and Alonso left a game against the Rockies with a forearm strain. However, led by Tommy Medica and top outfielder prospect Rymer Liriano, the new-look Padres want to inject some offense and youth into their team that has been somewhat overhauled since the non-waiver trading deadline saw the departure of Chase Headley, Chris Denorfia, and Huston Street. The arrival of Yangervis Solarte has been an energizing move, but he is also out with a slight oblique straight. The Padres are hoping to get him back within the next few days.
The defending National League champion Cardinals, will send Lance Lynn to the bump, trying to put together what manager Mike Matheny hopes is an extended winning streak. They are in the thick of the playoff hunt, but have only won four of their past nine games. Lynn opposed Ross the last time these two teams played one another, and he pitched well enough to win as well. He allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits, striking out 6 Padres in 6 innings, and took the loss to Ross. This should be a pretty exciting pitchers duel in the “Gateway to the West.”