Padres look to end 9-game losing streak against struggling Rockies

Jim Rogash

The Padres and Rockies are entering their early-July series in danger of being exactly where everyone thought they would be prior to the season.

I swear I just wrote this article a couple of weekends ago.

As bad as the Colorado Rockies have been -- after being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, they've lost nine of 12 -- the San Diego Padres have been worse. The whole NL West, sans the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been nothing to write home about, but the Padres have been especially bad. After climbing to within a game of the division lead on June 17, the Padres have fallen to seven and a half games off the pace.

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San Diego is 4-13 since that day and has lost nine consecutive games. The Padres lost three of four to the woeful Miami Marlins and continued their hellish road trip by being swept by the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals.

The Friars thought they'd receive a boost during the trip with the return of All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera from the disabled list, but he's gone 1-for-14 from the plate since coming back. What's worse, catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 60-day DL after suffering a knee injury during a collision at at the plate on Saturday. Grandal was batting just .216 in 108 plate appearances, but his on-base percentage was more than 60 points higher than that of Nick Hundley and almost 100 points better than John Baker.

San Diego's pitching has left a lot to be desired, and is perhaps a larger reason why the team has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks. The Friars have allowed at least five runs in 10 of 17 games during the aformentioned 4-13 stretch, and the team has an ERA of 4.23 -- 14th in the NL -- and ERA+ of 84, which is tied for dead-last in baseball with the San Francisco Giants.

Eric Stults has clearly been the team's best starter, boasting a 3.70 ERA thanks to a K/BB ratio of 3.14. Somehow, Jason Marquis has a 9-4 record despite walking almost as many batters as he has struck out. He looks primed for a signature second-half fade, which means somebody else in that rotation is going to have to step up. That guy could be Andrew Cashner, who has a 3.81 ERA in 14 starts and walks just 2.5 batters per nine innings. Cashner doesn't rack up the strikeouts like a guy who can touch triple-digits with his fastball probably should, but his pitch-to-contact approach has worked, for the most part.

Fortunately for the Padres, they always have and always will benefit from the services of Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson, both of whom have been in San Diego's bullpen since the team wore brown and mustard-yellow uniforms. It's a good thing, too, because the bullpen is fairly mediocre otherwise (Nick Vincent's 13.1 innings notwithstanding), especially closer Huston Street. The former Rockie has allowed 10 (TEN) home runs in 28.1 innings and has almost completely forgotten how to strike batters out.

Sadly, Jaff Decker is no longer on the active roster, so I can't poke fun at his name. Because of that travesty, I refuse to write about the Padres anymore today. Luckily for you, you can get all the Friars news and analysis you'll ever need at Gaslamp Ball.

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Probable pitchers

Game 1: Monday, July 8 at 8:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Tyler Chatwood (4-2, 2.75 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (6-6, 5.26 ERA)

Game 2: Tuesday, July 9 at 8:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jhoulys Chacin (8-3, 3.74) vs. Eric Stults (6-7, 3.70)

Game 3: Wednesday, July 10 at 8:10 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports)

Jorge De La Rosa (8-5, 3.19) vs. Andrew Cashner (5-4, 3.82)

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Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Everth Cabrera 72 289 38 85 11 4 4 24 33 56 31 7 .294 .370 .401
Jedd Gyorko 60 232 36 66 17 0 8 25 20 54 1 0 .284 .341 .461
Yonder Alonso 54 190 22 54 7 0 6 29 15 30 3 0 .284 .335 .416
Andrew Cashner 21 25 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 12 1 0 .280 .280 .280
Carlos Quentin 65 213 33 59 15 0 10 29 25 45 0 0 .277 .372 .488
Chris Denorfia 80 268 34 71 13 0 6 27 23 46 7 0 .265 .321 .381
Kyle Blanks 63 207 26 54 12 0 8 32 16 56 1 1 .261 .326 .435
Alexi Amarista 80 183 24 46 9 2 5 21 8 32 0 0 .251 .283 .404
Jesus Guzman 68 156 18 39 11 0 5 18 12 39 1 0 .250 .312 .417
Logan Forsythe 25 96 10 24 4 0 3 11 8 26 3 1 .250 .311 .385
Nick Hundley 58 189 19 46 13 0 5 18 9 55 0 0 .243 .289 .392
Pedro Ciriaco 22 62 5 15 1 1 1 4 3 10 6 0 .242 .288 .339
Chase Headley 75 284 31 65 15 1 7 29 33 73 5 1 .229 .322 .363
Will Venable 83 230 29 51 7 4 10 30 13 58 9 3 .222 .266 .417
Yasmani Grandal 28 88 13 19 8 0 1 9 18 18 0 0 .216 .352 .341
Clayton Richard 14 14 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 .214 .214 .214
Mark Kotsay 57 94 5 18 2 0 1 7 7 17 0 2 .191 .248 .245
Edinson Volquez 18 22 3 4 1 0 1 4 0 13 0 0 .182 .182 .364
Cameron Maybin 14 51 7 8 1 0 1 5 4 9 4 1 .157 .232 .235
John Baker 16 40 0 6 0 0 0 2 6 12 0 0 .150 .261 .150
Jason Marquis 19 38 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 10 0 0 .132 .132 .158
Tyson Ross 23 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .125 .125 .125
Eric Stults 21 33 1 4 1 0 1 3 0 15 0 0 .121 .121 .242
Cody Ransom 5 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tim Stauffer 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Robbie Erlin 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Thad Weber 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Boxberger 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Anthony Bass 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dale Thayer 41 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jaff Decker 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 .500 .000
Burch Smith 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000
Huston Street 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Luke Gregerson 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Thatcher 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Brach 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tommy Layne 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nick Vincent 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Nick Vincent 2-1 13 0 0 0 1 0 13.1 10 2 2 0 3 13 1.35 .98
Thad Weber 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 5 2 2 1 5 6 2.00 1.11
Joe Thatcher 3-1 42 0 0 0 0 2 25.0 24 6 6 2 3 23 2.16 1.08
Tommy Layne 0-2 9 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 9 4 2 1 2 6 2.45 1.50
Luke Gregerson 4-4 40 0 0 0 3 4 37.0 30 13 11 3 8 33 2.68 1.03
Dale Thayer 0-3 41 0 0 0 1 3 39.2 28 15 14 5 13 40 3.18 1.03
Tyson Ross 0-4 23 3 0 0 0 0 45.0 44 22 18 4 21 34 3.60 1.44
Eric Stults 6-7 21 18 1 0 0 0 112.0 109 48 46 8 22 69 3.70 1.17
Tim Stauffer 1-0 18 0 0 0 0 0 33.1 32 14 14 4 9 26 3.78 1.23
Jason Marquis 9-4 19 18 0 0 0 0 107.0 96 53 45 17 63 69 3.79 1.49
Andrew Cashner 5-4 21 14 0 0 0 0 94.1 90 42 40 8 26 62 3.82 1.23
Brad Boxberger 0-1 6 0 0 0 1 0 9.0 10 5 4 2 2 11 4.00 1.33
Anthony Bass 0-0 19 0 0 0 0 0 33.2 36 16 16 2 13 24 4.28 1.46
Brad Brach 1-0 21 0 0 0 0 0 18.2 25 9 9 2 9 19 4.34 1.82
Huston Street 0-4 29 0 0 0 15 1 28.1 28 14 14 10 8 15 4.45 1.27
Edinson Volquez 6-6 18 18 0 0 0 0 99.1 110 62 58 8 46 85 5.26 1.57
Clayton Richard 2-5 14 11 0 0 0 0 52.2 65 44 41 13 21 24 7.01 1.63
Robbie Erlin 1-2 6 4 0 0 0 0 22.2 26 19 18 4 8 16 7.15 1.50
Burch Smith 0-1 6 3 0 0 0 0 12.2 21 16 16 5 7 15 11.37 2.21


San Diego Padres Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Yonder Alonso hand 06/01/2013
Jedd Gyorko groin 06/10/2013
Cameron Maybin other-excused 06/10/2013
Clayton Richard shoulder 06/22/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cory Luebke elbow 03/22/2013
Joe Wieland elbow 02/28/2013
Yasmani Grandal knee 07/07/2013
Casey Kelly elbow 03/31/2013

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