The Padres turn to the man known as “The Sheriff” on Sunday afternoon. Although you’ll probably be drinking Mimosas in San Diego since the start time is 10:07 AM PT.
Chris Paddack has been lights out all year. The rookie right hander has an impressive 4-2 record and a 1.93 ERA. His ERA and WHIP are both good for 3rd in the majors. In fact, the most hits he’s given up in a game is 5. Which by the way is 15 less than the Padres had yesterday.
He’ll go up against Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. Stroman is 2-6 2.81 ERA this year. He’s gotten the short end of the stick with run support all year.
Of course, the Blue Jays really haven’t hit or pitched particularly well. The Padres will have a great opportunity to earn a sweep and jump on a plane to New York.
Breaking out of slumps?
Wil Myers went 2-2 with 2 HR’s and 3 walks Saturday. For a man that openly acknowledged the need to be more patient and cut down on the strikeouts, this is huge.
Austin Hedges is 7/23 over his last 7 games. His grand slam came at a critical moment Saturday. Up 3-1 with 2 outs in the 4th, Hedges unloaded on a pitch from Edwin Jackson. If Myers and Hedges hit, the bottom of the order is suddenly very scary.
One other note is Eric Hosmer continues to rake. He’s hitting .348 with 6 HR’s and 19 RBI the last month. His bat has been a massive lift for the team.
10:07 AM PT 1st pitch. Bust out the brooms.