The Padres jumped on the bus for their “second” road game today (first away from the Peoria Sports Complex). Tim Stauffer started, making his Spring debut with 2.0 innings of one-run ball. He allowed two-hits, throwing 24 pitches (16 strikes) during his outing this afternoon. Last year’s Opening Day starter, Stauffer had a strong year in 2011, setting career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and quality starts.
Following Stauffer was newcomer Robbie Erlin. A highly-touted lefty prospect, he was acquired as part of the deal that sent Mike Adams to Texas at the 2011 trade deadline.
Erlin enters the season rated by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the Padres organization, having gone 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA (49 ER/147.1 IP) in 26 minor league games last year, including a 1-0 record and 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in six starts after joining Double-A San Antonio. Like Stauffer, he also worked 2.0 innings in his Spring debut today.
Tim Stauffer continued his dominance on the mound last night with 6.0 innings of shutout ball, picking up his sixth win of the season and fourth in his last five starts. The Padres improved to 11-9 on the year when he takes the mound. Stauffer lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.83, ranking eighth in the National League. Since June 7, he has gone 5-2 with a 1.33 ERA (8 ER/54.0 IP) in eight starts without allowing more than two runs in any of his outings.
As for the Padres, they started their seven-game trip with a win last night pulling even with the Dodgers in the standings. Heath Bell picked up his 27th save of the season in his 29th opportunity following an offensive attack that saw four Padres tally two-hit games (Venable, Maybin, Ludwick, Hudson).
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.
The Padres are looking to complete the three-game sweep over KC with a win this afternoon. A win would be their sixth straight over the Royals, keeping their American League opponent winless at PETCO Park (including a three-game sweep in 2004).
San Diego has already clinched its third consecutive series victory, having won two of three in Boston and home against the Braves. Tim Stauffer looks to continue his trend of solid starts, taking the mound today with a 0.93 ERA (3 ER/29.0 IP) over his last four outings. Here is a closer look at Stauffers starts since June 7:
6/7 vs. COL – 8.0 IP, 0 R, 8 K
6/12 vs. WSH – 7.0 IP, 0 R, 5 K
6/18 at MIN – 7.0 IP, 1 R, 5 K
6/24 vs. ATL – 7.0 IP, 2 R, 9 K
With the 2011 First-Year Player Draft approaching (June 6-8), we asked Padres player what they remember about being drafted and the excitement of hearing their your named called.
Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer and Luke Gregerson took time today to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with Wounded Warriors.
The guys share their thoughts on today’s experience:
You can now check out all Blueprints right on our website. Each issue will be added to the archive following the homestand for which it was made available. We are currently working on getting all 2010 issues up as well.
There are currently four issues up and ready. Check them out!
Here is a peek at the cover for the upcoming June 2-12 homestand, featuring Tim Stauffer. Cameron Maybin will be featured in the June 24-29 issue. If you have any thoughts on what you would like to see in the Blueprint, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pads hit the road today for a six-game trip to Washington and Atlanta. After today, the club won’t have another off day until June 16, following a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Padres have gone 32-11 (.744) against the Washington/Montreal franchise, posting a 12-2 series record. Over that stretch, the Padres have hit .274 while averaging 4.7 runs per game and posting a 3.12 ERA.
Here are the matchups for the three-game set with the Nationals:
Friday – LHP Clayton Richard vs. LHP John Lannan
Saturday – RHP Tim Stauffer vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann
Sunday – RHP Dustin Moseley vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny