Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.
Jhoulys Chacin turned in his best road start of the season Saturday to go into All-Star break on a strong run.
Chacin, 29, held the Phillies to one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA over his past six starts of baseball's first half. In those six starts, Chacin has worked 38 1/3 innings with nine runs allowed on 27 hits and 12 walks with 32 strikeouts.
Chacin's ERA has fallen in seven straight starts from 5.77 to 4.32. Six of those past seven starts were quality starts, and he leads the Padres with 10 quality starts this season. Chacin has an 8-7 record, and the Padres are 9-9 in his 18 starts.
The split between Chacin's home and away numbers is also closing, although the difference is still notable.
Chacin is 5-2 at Petco Park with a 1.68 ERA in nine starts at Petco Park and 3-5 in nine road starts with a 7.95 ERA.
Padres manager Andy Green announced Saturday that veterans Chacin, Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill would start the three games against the San Francisco Giants next weekend at Petco Park coming out of the All-Star break.
Luis Perdomo and Dinelson Lamet will be pushed to the back of the rotation to get a little more rest at the break. Each will have at least 10 days off.
• You are probably getting bored with this stat, but I'm updating it every time righty Brandon Maurer extends his current streak of converted saves. Maurer has converted 14 straight saves. In those 14 games, he has worked 13 innings and allowed no runs on three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. Of course, that's a 0.00 ERA during the run. It's also a 0.29 WHIP (hits and walks per inning). Maurer now has 19 saves on the season.
• The Padres go into the final game before the All-Star break with a 10-5 record over their past 15 games. And they are 23-19 since opening the season 15-30.
• Center fielder Manuel Margot Saturday joined Travis Jankowski as the only Padres rookies to steal 10 or more bases before the All-Star break. Jankowski had 14 steals at the break in 2016. Margot is only 2-for-20 over his past five starts coming out of a six-game hitting streak.
• Second baseman Carlos Asuaje is 6-for-15 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and a run scored in a four-game hitting streak. He had his first career triple Saturday and drove in the tying run before scoring the winning run.
• Right fielder Hunter Renfroe goes into the All-Star break leading all Major League rookies with 19 doubles and ranking third with 36 extra-base hits. Renfroe is getting Sunday off with a sore neck.