Padres Birthday Spotlight: Tyson Ross

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Apr 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Happy 28th birthday to our All-Star pitcher, Tyson Ross! Ross was drafted out of UC Berkeley in 2008 by the Oakland Athletics. He already has 5 seasons under his belt in the major leagues and last year was the pinnacle of his career so far. Last season he won 13 games on a team where he was lucky to get 3 or 4 runs of support.

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He was also one start away from a 200/200 season (IP/K) last year. He earned his first All-Star bid as well. Leading the team with a 2.81 ERA, Ross picked up the slack for an injury depleted team. This season he has gotten off to a great start. He is 1-0 with 21 strikeouts in 3 starts.

Ross has become a vital part of this rotation and he could possibly be an ace on many other staffs. He would be on this staff if it weren’t for Big Game James Shields. Ross has made himself a nice home at Petco Park. He has a career ERA of 2.60 in 31 career starts.

Ross has to be a crucial part of this team if they are hoping to get into October baseball. They need 30+ starts and possibly 200+ innings from him. Last year he carried this rotation on his back. This year he does not have to do that. He can just play his game and make people look silly with that nasty slider he has.

The best part of Ross’ success so far this year is that he has done it against 3 good lineups in the Dodgers, Giants and Cubs. So here’s to another great season from Ross and an exciting run from our San Diego Padres!

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