Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
The numbers for Chris Paddack get better with every start. Now he has moved into Major League record territory.
On Monday night at Petco Park, Paddack outperformed National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, holding the Mets to no runs on four hits and a walk with a career-high 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings to improve to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.55. His WHIP is now 0.71 and his opponents’ batting average is .128.
The 1.55 ERA is the lowest ever by a Padre through the first seven starts of his career. In addition to setting a personal strikeout mark on Monday, Paddack went 7 2/3 innings for the first time and threw 91 pitches, his highest total as a professional.
Paddack is the fifth Padres pitcher to strike out 11 or more hitters during his first seven Major League starts. And he is the first Major League pitcher since 1906 to allow four or fewer hits in each of his first seven Major League starts.
• First baseman Eric Hosmer was 2-for-4 with a two-run double Monday night and has four multi-hit games in his five-game hitting streak. He is 10-for-20 during the streak with two doubles, four RBIs and five runs scored. Bigger picture: Hosmer has hit safely in 13 of his past 15 games, going 24-for-59 (.407) with five doubles, four homers, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored while raising his average from .184 to .281.
• Infielder Greg Garcia has reached base in nine of his past 10 games, going 5-for-19 with seven walks, a double, a home run, three RBIs and five runs scored. His on-base percentage during the run, which includes three pinch-hit appearances and a double-switch game in which he had one at-bat, is .481.
• Outfielder Wil Myers is in a 4-for-42 slide with a double, a homer, three RBIs, five runs scored and five walks against 19 strikeouts since April 24, dropping his batting average from .300 to .237.
• Catcher Austin Hedges has seen his batting average fall from .208 to .171 during a 2-for-23 (seven strikeouts) run over seven starts since April 26. He has drawn three walks, but has no extra-base hits or RBIs during the slump, with three runs scored.