The trade deadline is looming, but the Padres have yet to make any moves. James Shields has drawn (and continues to draw) some interest, but as of around 3:00 pm PT today, he remains a San Diego pitcher, and it looks like he'll take the mound at least one more time for the Friars. He'll get the ball in New York tonight in the series opener against the Mets, opposite Noah Syndergaard.
The Padres took two of three games against the Mets at home back in June, with Shields getting one of those wins. He threw seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits, two walks, and a hit batsman. It was his second win in as many tries career-wise against New York. That performance brought him to 7-0 on the season, but since then he hasn't been so lucky. In the nine starts he's made since then, Shields is 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA
The rookie Syndergaard hopes to have a better outing against the Padres than his last attempt. He pitched just four innings at Petco Park on June 2nd, serving up seven earned runs on ten hits, the worst performance of his short career. Overall this year he is 4-5, but boasts a solid 2.97 ERA.
Game time: 4:10 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Ponderosa 860