After losing ten straight games, the Dodgers came into town and the Padres pulled off a three game sweep. This is exactly what the doctor ordered. Now the Giants are two games behind the Padres in the N.L. West and coming into Petco for a four games series. The Rockies are four and a half games out of first and have the Diamondbacks coming into Colorado for a three game series. The Padres played very well in the series against the Dodgers, and all those little things that were not going their way during the losing steak, were going the way of the Padres. Corey Luebke finished the series with his second MLB start and looked very impressive throwing six innings while giving up no runs on two hits and only one walk. He showed He has the stuff to pitch in the big leagues right now, and help the Padres get into the playoffs. Tim Stauffer also threw in the Dodgers series and did well. Stauffer pitched four innings and gave up one run on four hits. I would like to see stauffer take a spot in the starting rotation from here on out. Kevin Correia could be moved to the bullpen for long relief, something He has done before. The argument against this is, Stauffer has been in the bullpen all year and does not have the arm-strength to give the Padres enough innings. The way I look at it is, they could stretch Stauffer out start by start and build up His pitch count to get him to a point where He could give you 80-90 pitches, He has done it before. The other way to look at this is, while Correia has been struggling He has only been giving the team a poor 3-5 innings per start anyways. So you might as well pitch the guy who has been effective for four or five innings rather then the guy who will struggle for the same.
On Tuesday Mat Latos pitched seven innings giving up one run on four hits with ten strikeouts. By doing this He tied a major league record with 15 consecutive starts of five plus innings and allowing two earned runs or less. A record that was set in 1945. If the N.L. Cy Young award goes to the best pitcher in the N.L. Mat Latos has to be the front runner for the award. He only has 14 wins but check this out. Latos is first in the N.L. in WHIP at .96 and first in ERA at 2.21. The other front runners for the Cy Young award are Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright, and Ubaldo Jimenez. These are three very good pitchers and I’m sure one of them will win the award, but us Padre fans will be pulling for our Mat Latos.
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Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.