June 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (37) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
It's a battle of the backup rosters tonight as the Padres take on the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Brewers have seven players on the disabled list. But that is nothing compared to San Diego's 15 injured players. Both teams have had to turn to young guys to try to fill in. For Milwaukee, it seems to have worked out. They've gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and are coming off a series win against the Cubs. For San Diego, however, the injuries have put too much of a strain on the team, which has gone 3-13 in our last 16 games and are coming off a frustrating series loss against the Giants.
Our Padres have had a really rough stretch of baseball. We haven't won a series since the Angels came to Petco Park from May 18th-20th, and in the four series since then, we have been swept twice. It's been incredibly frustrating for everyone, but hopefully a trip to Miller Park will help them turn things around.
We will send Edinson Volquez to the hill to try to start this road trip off on a good note. Volquez hasn't had the best luck with run support this season. He's had six starts with zero run support, three of which have come in his last four starts. However, it's not just a lack of offense that has plagued him. He has had a lot of trouble with walks. In his last start, he issued five walks in six innings and got the no-decision. Hopefully he will have better control today against the Brewers.
Shaun Marcum will take the mound for Milwaukee. A couple of weeks ago, he gave up six earned runs to the Giants in six innings. However, in each of his last two starts, he has gone seven innings and allowed only one run, so he hopes to continue that trend tonight against our Padres.
We have Quentin back in the lineup after he took the day off yesterday, so that's a good sign. He has been the brightest spot in what has been a rough few weeks for our boys, so hopefully he can help get a fire started on our offense.
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!!