Game Preview #148: Padres Look To Put Blowout Behind Them
By Billy Brost
After watching their staff ace get his doors blown off in less than 4 innings and 60 pitches on Saturday night, the San Diego Padres are hoping the bats and pitching can find a way to win a road game in the desert in the series finale between the Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tyson Ross was rocked in his second consecutive shaky start, and the Padres were left reeling after finding themselves down early 6-0, in what ended up being a 10-4 D-Backs win.
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In Sunday’s contest, the Padres send Odrisamer Despaigne to the hill, as he tries to pitch as well on the road as he does at home. So far during his rookie season, Despaigne has been putrid, and in his last outing, on the road, in L.A. against the Dodgers, the Cuban defector lasted only 4 1/3 innings, as he opposed Clayton Kershaw in an easy victory of the Boys in Blue.
The Snakes send Trevor Cahill to the mound, and he is still trying to correct mechanical issues that have plagued him going back to last season. At one point, Cahill was so bad, he was demoted to Triple-A Reno. He hasn’t notched a victory since the middle of August, and has walked double-digit hitters in single-digit innings pitched. Over his past three starts, Cahill has been worse than Despaigne if that is possible. He’s 0-3, with an ERA of almost 10.00.
This finale comes down to who can take the most advantage of the poor pitching on display. This one could get ugly, early.
Keep the Faith.