Jun 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Stults (53) pitches during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Game 2 will feature Eric Stults (4-13, 4.94 ERA) against the veteran Francisco Liriano (3-7, 3.91 ERA). Stults is tied for the major league lead in losses but his last start was a good one. He pitched 6.1 innings and did not allow an earned run and got the win. He looks to continue to lower is bloated ERA. Liriano got a no-decision in his last start against the Diamondbacks, pitching 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. He faced the Padres on June 4th and got the loss. He did strike out 7 Padres and only allowed 2 runs but that was enough for the Friars to win. Liriano also has not allowed more than 4 hits in seven consecutive starts.
Stults only has one start against the Pirates, he pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits. In his career in August, Stults has a 6-4 record with a 3.35 ERA. He has struggled against NL Central teams, with an 0-2 record and he has allowed 8 earned runs in 9.2 innings. The one-time All-Star Liriano has 3 career starts against the Padres, with a 1-1 record and a 2.37 ERA. He has struck out 28 in 19 innings.