FriarBall: Top spot on the line

Friday, June 29, 2007

Top spot on the line

Two of three from the Giants isn't bad but the series that begins today is a big deal. With Arizona, LA and SD all battling for first place in the NL West, the Padres have to win this series to keep an advantage - and I'm sure none of us would object to a second straight sweep.

The best things about tonight's game has got to be Chris Young taking the mound. Even though Jake Peavy has been the stud of the rotation, Young's year has been very impressive as well and in his last outing against LA he pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up only 3 hits. The one disturbing - and I use the term loosely - stat is the fact that he is 0-1 in his last five starts against the Dodgers. He also has walked 20 batters compared to 21 strikeouts in those starts. Not the most impressive stats but the small sample size and the fact that Young has been on a roll this year have to count for something as well.

LA sends Hong-Chih Kuo to mound, who is 1-3 with a 6.33 ERA this year. In his only start against SD this year, Kuo pitched 6 innings, gave up 1 run and 3 hits while striking out 8. Hopefully the second time the Padres face him they will figure him out.

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