After one of the most electrifying games of the season at Petco Park on Tuesday night, let's jump into some of the latest news and notes surrounding the San Diego Padres.
San Diego Padres: Blake Snell puts a signature touch on his Cy Young Award resume
If any BBWAA voting member needed to see exactly why Snell should win the NL Cy Young this season, all he or she had to do was watch his start on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Snell struck out 10 in 7.0 hitless innings, lowering his MLB-leading ERA to 2.33 in San Diego's 2-0 win. Snell has now allowing just one hit over his last 13.0 innings on the mound covering two starts against two NL West rivals (Colorado and the Los Angeles Dodgers).
In four September starts, Snell has surrendered just two runs and nine hits in 25.0 innings, solidifying his march toward history. If Snell does indeed earn the award, he will be just the seventh pitcher in MLB history to earn a Cy Young in both the American and National Leagues.
What he has done lately is earning plenty of praise from national pundits, a good sign for his Cy Young candidacy.
San Diego Padres: Injury update on Ha-Seong Kim
Taken out of the starting lineup just before Sunday's road trip finale in Oakland against the Athletics after suffering abdominal pain, Kim told reporters he was feeling better on Tuesday. With that in mind, Kim could potentially return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Rockies and Padres finish up their series with a matinee game. If not, the Padres have an off day on Thursday before the St. Louis Cardinals open a series in San Diego on Friday night.
Could Matt Carpenter return against St. Louis Cardinals?
With Carpenter's old team coming to town for a weekend series, it's possible that the 37-year-old veteran could come off the injured list (after suffering from right elbow inflammation) in time to face the Cardinals.
While Carpenter has struggled mightily this season (.176/.322/.319 slash line in 237 plate appearances), don't be surprised if he returns and gets some kind of chance to play against his former team in what is likely his last few games with the Padres.