Thanks to a stretch of 9-3 baseball over their past 12 games, the Padres have climbed their way out of the NL West cellar. Now they'll try to build on that and stay out of last place, starting tonight in the second of three games against the Marlins.
The Padres will give the ball to Eric Stults, coming off one of his best starts of the season. Last Thursday he pitched 6 2/3 innings against the Cubs, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. The Padres won that game, as well as his previous start (which was considerably worse), but he didn't factor into the decision in either and hasn't recorded a win since April 15th. It's been a while since Stults has faced tonight's opponent. The last time was back in 2009 when he was a member of the Dodgers. In three career appearances (two starts) against Miami, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.
Marlins starter, Alex Sanabia, is facing the Padres for the first time in his career tonight, but is no stranger to San Diego. Sanabia was born and raised in America's Finest City, going to Castle Park High School in Chula Vista before being drafted by the Marlins in 2006. He is 2-4 on the season and comes into tonight's game having lost a career-high three straight despite his 4.93 run support average.
Chase Headley and Jedd Gyorko continue to mash at the plate for San Diego. Headley leads the team batting .348 and will try to extend his hitting streak to 12 games tonight. Gyorko has homered back-to-back games coming into tonight's contest and has gone .326 over a 12-game stretch. After going 1-7 over their first eight games at Petco Park this season, the Padres have evened it up and have gone 7-1 over their last eight at home.