Series Preview: Padres Head to St. Louis
By Nick Lee
Aug 5, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jesse Hahn (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Game 3 features the rookie sensation Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.52 ERA) and Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.17 ERA). Miller got roughed up in his last start against the Marlins, surrendering 5 runs on two home runs in 5 innings. He did start against the Padres on July 31st and got the win. He threw 6 innings, allowed 2 runs and struck out 5. He has a 3.95 ERA in 11 home starts this year and has a 3.65 ERA in 4 starts since the All-Star break.
Hahn has not been as sharp as his first few starts in the major leagues but he has been good enough to win. He has allowed 3 runs in each of his last 2 starts and he didn’t pitch more than 5.2 innings in either start. His problem has been walks, as he has walked 7 in his last 2 starts as well. He started against the Cardinals on July 30th and got the win by pitching 7 innings and only allowing 1 earned run.
The Cardinals are not the hitting team they were last year, as they have a .251 team average. The Padres match up well in this game as long as Hahn can keep the offensive threats the Cardinals do have at bay.