Fourth to last game of the year today. Soon, the Padres' 2011 season will officially be in the books and we will have to wait roughly 4 1/2 months until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training and we can all get our Padres fix. I know it's been a tough year and we haven't been given much to cheer for, but I'll be a sad jodes on Wednesday night when it's all over, and I plan on following every pitch of these last four games.
Our rotation as a whole has pitched well against the Dodgers at Petco Park this year, posting a collective 2.03 ERA in eight games at home. Today, Cory Luebke will make the start and try to continue that trend. In his last start of the season, he aims to get back-to-back wins for the first time. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Rockies in which he surrendered just one hit (a two-run HR) in seven innings while tying his career-high of nine strikeouts. Our offense has looked pretty good in these last few series. Our rookies are making some good plays and getting on base while Nick Hundley continues to be the best baseball player evar since his return from the DL in August. Hopefully they can make something happen today against Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw will try to close out his season today with a strong Cy-Young-worthy performance. The National League leader in strikeouts, ERA, and OBA has been on a hot streak lately, allowing only four runs total in his last eight starts and going 7-0 with a 0.62 ERA in that span. While Kershaw fights for a Cy Young Award, Matt Kemp goes for the Triple Crown. He is third in batting average, tied for first in home runs, and first in RBI. If he doesn't accomplish this feat, however, he still leads the league in being a bitch, by quite a wide margin.
Let's close out the season series against the Dodgers, and the NL West, on a high note and go into the Cubs series strong. Fight to the last out, Padres!
GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE FAITH!! RUIN EVERYTHING!!