FriarBall: No sweep this time

Sunday, April 22, 2007

No sweep this time

Just as quickly as the offense was getting going, it was shut down once again in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Rockies. From what I'm reading it was because Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsch pitched a more-Greg Maddux style game than Maddux did, who is still in search of win No. 335.

Maddux has won 334 games pitching a smart-style game where he takes what he has and puts it where you can't hit it. The only problem for Maddux this year though is that teams are hitting him.

The other problem facing the Padres in general is the fact that they are stranding a ton of runners on base. With another eight Sunday I believe the Padres will strand more runners by the end of the season than the other 29 MLB teams combined.

After 1o games in 10 days, the Padres will get a day off to see if they can figure out how to score more runs before sending over-the-hill David Wells to face over-the-hill Randy Johnson. And while it will be Johnson's first outing since he left New York, I am interested in seeing what the over-under will be at for Tuesday's game. I'm thinking 20 runs combined.

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