After going 2-4 on the road, the Padres are back at it in San Diego tonight as they welcome the Braves to Petco Park. Jason Marquis will take the mound and try to notch another win. He currently leads the Padres staff with seven wins on the season, as well as a 2.42 ERA. In his last start, he kept the Dodgers to just two runs on three hits and earned his sixth straight decision, a streak that hasn't been surpassed since he was a Cardinal in 2004. Tonight he'll face the team that drafted him and with which he spent the first four years of his career. It will be his tenth start against the Braves. In his previous nine, he's gone 3-5 with a 7.69 ERA, his worst career mark against any club in the NL, so he'll be looking to improve on that while building on his recent success as a Padre.
But Marquis will be facing a 1st-place NL East team who have won 17 of their last 23 games and are 7-2 to start the month of June. They're coming off a solid 8-1 win over the Dodgers yesterday, which allowed them to salvage a split in L.A.
The Padres are also coming off a series split on the road. They lost the finale of a four-game set at Coors Field in heartbreaking fashion, but the offense during the series gave fans much to be encouraged by. Both losses were decided by a single run, and the team showed a perseverance throughout the series that they hopefully brought back with them to San Diego. In the final game in Colorado, Kyle Blanks and Everth Cabrera both extended their hitting streaks as the team collected seven runs on eleven hits.
Tonight San Diego hitters will be facing Julio Teheran, who has been quite impressive on the mound this season. Teheran flirted with a no-hitter in his last start, but came four outs short of the feat. He still threw eight shutout innings, giving up just one hit while collecting eleven strikeouts and issuing only two walks. But Teheran had been dominating well before that outing. Since late April, the right-hander has pitched six straight quality starts, four of which have been 7-plus-inning performances. He's had quite the turnaround since the beginning of April, when he got three straight no-decisions and racked up a 7.13 ERA to begin his 2013 campaign. But in his eight starts since then, he is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA, having struck out 43 batters and walked just eight in 53 total innings.