The San Diego Padres will rock the desert camo inspired by the Marines tonight. The Padres have had no trouble recently against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Padres won all six contests last season.
The month of April has been a wild one despite some of the NL’s best pitching, the Padres were shutout seven times and hit just .211. Their pitching staff ERA was the best in the NL, third best in baseball.
The Padres will send a familiar face to the mound in right handed starter Aaron Harang. He has made 22 starts against the Buccos while with the Reds and has put up 13 wins for his efforts.
The Pirates success against Harang has come from some interesting players with Ronny ‘Stay Thirsty’ Cedeno and Ryan Doumit clubbing a pair of bombs in their career off Harange. Also Lyle Overbay has been able to square him up for nine knocks (five doubles) in twenty at-bats.
James McDonald is on the bump for the Bucs. He was hot against the Giants in his last start this season, but hasn’t performed well against the Padres in his career. But perhaps the Padres worst April since 1994 can resume in May for the Pirates starter?
McDonald has an ERA over seven in two starts, five games against San Diego. But when you look closely this current Padres team has nobody with more than three at-bats against McDonald excluding Brad Hawpe has three hits, two doubles in seven at-bats with two strikeouts.
The Bucco Bullpen stats continue to amaze with four earned runs allowed in the past 42.2 innings for an ERA of 0.84. Chris Resop has struckout 10 of the past 20 batters he has faced and in the last 27 at-bats has allowed just one hit.