An off day yesterday following a sweep by the Rays has the Padres itching to get back on the field and back in the win column. They'll get the chance today as they continue interleague play with a brief two-game series at Camden Yards against the Orioles.
San Diego will look to Andrew Cashner, coming off the best start of his career, to end their losing streak. Cashner pitched a career-high 7 1/3 innings of shutout four-hit baseball against the Marlins at Petco Park his last time out, earning his second win of the year. The young right-hander will be facing Baltimore for the first time today. They've had a recent offensive outburst, scoring a combined 20 runs on 41 hits over the weekend in their series victory over the Twins. They've won six of their last eight games and are just one game back of first place in the AL East.
The Padres, on the other hand, have now lost three straight after going on a stretch of 11-3 baseball. Despite the Padres having a lead in each game at Tropicana Field over the weekend, the Rays swept the three-game set to put even more distance between San Diego and the top of the NL West. Batters struck out 38 times during the series, the most since the Padres played the Yankees in 2008.
Hopefully the offense can fare better today against Chris Tillman. Although the O's rotation hasn't exactly been solid this season (pitching to the tune of a collective 4.70 ERA, one of the highest in the league) Tillman has been one of their stronger starters. He is coming into today's matchup having won three straight games, while posting a 2.03 ERA and averaging more than 6 1/3 innings over his last four. He will also be making his first career start against the Padres.