Mar 20, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joe Wieland (74) throws during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Wieland hopes to get this team back on track and earn his first win tonight. After a rough big league debut against the Dodgers on the 14th, he has improved with each game, and he will try to continue that trend tonight and end April on a good note. The rookie is coming off a couple of decent starts where he was just a victim of low run support, which really isn't anything new to Padres pitchers. But hopefully this offense can put something together and get him his first major league win.
Something that may help Wieland is Milwaukee's unfamiliarity with him. If he can settle down early and not let the Brewers figure him out, he has the ability to go deep into this game and shut down their offense. But the key is settling down early. In his past starts, it has taken him an inning or two to really get into a groove, but then he pitches like a beast. So the sooner he can find his rhythm, the more success he'll have.
Pitching opposite Wieland will be former Padre and veteran Randy Wolf. He is coming off a win in his last start against the Astros, but has struggled in other previous starts this season. The Brewers are also coming off a win, but before that they had six straight losses on the road. Hopefully their road troubles will continue this series at Petco Park.
The end of April means the end of a rough month for both the Padres and the Friar Faithful. While we are coming off yet another series loss, this time at the hands of a Giants team that we should have beat, it's important to remember that our current 7-16 record is not entirely indicative of the abilities of this team. I've seen a lot of frustration among Gaslamp Ballers, and rightfully so, but I want to remind everybody of GLB's Happiness Project Resolution for April. I don't think a lot of you have been keeping up with that resolution, which is obviously why you're not a happier Padres fan. So make up for it by keeping the hell out of the faith tonight. If you're finding yourself in fairweather territory and can't find a reason to root for a losing team, just root for no reason. Say goodbye to April by cheering on the team that you love despite what their record says.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!