After splitting the series in Chicago, the Padres are now 11-17 coming into tonight's series opener against the Diamondbacks, who were just swept by the Giants (who were previously swept by the Padres). Yesterday we had Andrew Cashner taking the mound against his former team. Tonight it will be Jason Marquis making the start against his old ball club.
Marquis is coming off a solid victory against the San Francisco. He held the Giants to two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, earning himself his second win of the season. Prior to that outing, however, he surrendered seven runs, all earned, in a start that only lasted 4 2/3 innings. Marquis has had some trouble with his command recently, issuing four walks in three of his five starts this season. This could cause problems for him tonight as he faces a lineup that has averaged over three walks per game this season and a team that has had his number throughout his career. He has a 2-7 lifetime record against his the Dbacks and winless in his last seven starts against them.
Wade Miley will take the hill for Arizona and try to put an end to their losing streak. Like Marquis, Miley has had comand issues as of late. Most recently, he walked a career-high seven batters in his last start. Miley ended up with a no-decision in that game, but he is 2-0 in his five starts so far this season. In four career starts against San Diego, he's gone 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA.
Miley will have to put up with an offense that has had a no-quit attitude over this recent run of 6-2 baseball over an eight-game stretch. Yesterday they staged a late-inning comeback to get the final win in the series at Wrigley Field. Nick Hundley, who's hit just 1-for-17 in his last six games against the Dbacks, has a seven-game hitting streak going. Chris Denorfia has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games and is batting .433 in his last nine games against Arizona. He's also hitting .333 all-time against Miley.