For two nights in a row, a disastrous start squashed any hopes that the Padres had of winning a ballgame. Today it’s Clayton Richard’s turn to try to stop the bleeding and end the team’s five-game losing streak.
Clayton Richard has been either pretty darn good or not very good in each of his starts each year. In four of his nine starts, he’s given up two runs or less, and he’s worked deep into those games. In the other five games, he’s been roughed up for four or more runs, which is something we’ve gotten used to seeing the last couple of days. With the bullpen being used heavily the last two nights, it’s imperative that Richard work deep into this start to give the relievers some relief. He’s had one of each flavor of start against this Arizona lineup this season, so there’s hope that he can get the better of the Diamondbacks hitters to give the team a chance to earn a W.
Zack Godley has been a surprising performer in the Diamondbacks’ rotation. In three starts he’s pitched at least five innings and hasn’t given up more than four hits in any of them. This will be the Padres’ second look at him, so let’s hope that they have a bit of a book on him by now. An array of breaking stuff keeps hitters off balance, and the Padres haven’t been very good at laying off breaking pitches down and out of the strike zone. Godley generates a lot of ground balls, like his opponent in today’s matchup. Look for the homer-heavy Padres to mix in some small ball to try to generate some offense.
In the final game of the series and the homestand, the Friars need a win to avoid a sweep. The team gets a day off before heading to New York to face the Mets on Tuesday. A redeeming win would make that long flight a little less awkward.
Start time: 1:40PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego