Today is a big day in Padreland, capping off a big weekend. On the heels of last night’s 14-1 win and Dierks Bentley concert, the Friars will look to complete the four-game sweep of the Fish this afternoon, following the Trevor Hoffman retirement ceremony. A quick reminder if you are headed to today’s game…be sure to get here early for the pregame ceremony. Plan to be in the seats by 12:30 this afternoon.
The Padres enter today’s series finale looking for their second sweep of the Marlins this season. The Padres have won all six of their matchups against Florida this year. They have claimed each of the last seven dating back to last season and 14 of the last 18 dating back to August 28, 2009.
A quick note on the Padres improved offense since the All-Star break, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau: The Padres scored 14 runs on Saturday, increasing their average of runs per game since the All-Star Game to 5.2, third-highest in the Major Leagues since the break. Prior to the break, San Diego had averaged 3.3 runs per game, the lowest in the Major Leagues. No team has finished in the top three in the Majors in runs per game after the break after being last in that category before the All-Star Game.
The Padres kick off a seven-game road trip today with the first of three in Florida. The club will then travel to Philadelphia for a four-game set before returning home. Here is who the Padres will face this trip:
7/19-21 at Florida: RHP Anibal Sanchez, RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Javier Vazquez
7/22-25 at Philadelphia: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Kyle Kendrick, RHP Roy Halladay, LHP Cliff Lee
In the 25 combined starts Sanchez, Nolasco and Vazquez have made against the Padres, San Diego has gone 14-11 with winning records against each of the three Marlins starters. The Marlins and Padres met nine times in 2010 with San Diego going 6-3.
Tim Stauffer takes the hill tonight with his team-leading 2.97 ERA (10th in the NL). He is making his first career appearance at Florida, having made two previous appearances (one start) against Florida at PETCO Park.