It’s been a rough week in Padre land. The team lost the four-game series to the Rangers 1-3, then lost a three-game series to the White Sox 1-2, but what’s worse is that the team had a legitimate chance to win each game and realistically could have swept both series. If you’re on “team tank” that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s hard to watch your favorite team lose games in embarrassingly preventable ways. A new series represents a fresh start, and that’s what we have now. The Padres have returned to Petco and open their homestand with a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
On the surface, Luis Perdomo’s 2017 season has been sub-par, but he’s shown signs of the potential that made him go from Rule 5 selection to rotation anchor last year. He’s produced quality starts in two of his five appearances, giving up only one earned run in six innings in each. The other three contests have been more adventurous, but his FIP, xFIP, and SIERA marks suggest that he’s pitched much better than his 4.13 ERA would have you think. The groundballer profile from last year has grown stronger, and he’s also striking hitters out at a higher rate. Perdomo has yet to earn his first win of the season, but it seems like it’s only a matter of time until he starts running off a string of Ws. A young, inexperienced Brewers lineup could be just the ticket to put the first W on the board.
The Padres’ emerging ace is facing the Brewers’ surprising ace in Chase Anderson. The 29-year-old late bloomer leads their rotation with a 2.97 ERA, and his secondaries support that number. He’s among the league leaders in home run rate, so for a Padres offense that’s relied heavily on the long ball, Anderson may be quite the obstacle. He’s an extreme fly ball pitcher, and while he’s never been homer-prone, this season has shown a marked improvement in that category over years past. His repertoire is full of sliders and curveballs, but the changeup is the pitch that scouts rave about.
After two disappointing series losses, you know manager Andy Green had some strong words for his team. Perhaps this rough patch can be a wake-up call and we’ll see some improved focus and discipline as this season rolls on. It’s got to get better sometime... right?
Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego, MLB Network