Our Padres started off the series in Houston with a win yesterday. Today they will try to clinch a series split and extend their win streak to three, tying a season high.
With Anthony Bass placed on the DL a few days ago, our Padres once again find themselves digging deep and welcoming another new starting pitcher to the rotation. Kip Wells, whose last major league start was three years ago, will take the mound against his hometown team tonight. Wells will become the 13th pitcher to start a game for our Padres this season. He was signed in early May and has been playing for the Tucson Padres since then. In seven starts with the Triple-A club, he has gone 1-4 and is coming off three consecutive losses where he racked up an ERA of 8.22. However, with very few options left for San Diego, we're going to send him out there and hope that his 11 years of experience in the majors will account for something and he can go out and pitch well tonight.
The Astros will send Jordan Lyles to the mound. He is coming off a great start against the Royals, whom he limited to two runs on three hits in seven innings last Wednesday. An unproductive offense gave him the loss, but it was still one of the best performances of his career. Luckily for Lyles, the Houston offense has somewhat picked up lately. Over their last three games, they have scored a combined 22 runs. Hopefully for us, Wells can keep the damage to a minimum and keep us in the ballgame.
Wells will be trying to avoid losing the 100th game of his career tonight. The UT's Don Norcross has already chalked up this game to a loss.
Tuesday Padres starter Kip Wells (67-99 lifetime with 4.71 ERA) will have honor of losing his 100th game.— Don Norcross (@Don_Norcross) June 26, 2012
But, as many Aztecs fans such as myself will tell you, Norcross' opinion on things is often pessimistic and lacking faith. So meh. I'm gonna go ahead and chalk up his tweet to f_____g b______t.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!