After having only three days off in the first two months of the season, the Padres had Thursday off, and they will also have Monday off. Overall, the Padres have five days off in June.Days off are usually the time when managers readjust their pitching rotations. But Padres manager Andy
After having only three days off in the first two months of the season, the Padres had Thursday off, and they will also have Monday off. Overall, the Padres have five days off in June.
Days off are usually the time when managers readjust their pitching rotations. But Padres manager Andy Green said Wednesday that he will not make changes to the order of the rotation and instead use the days off to give his starters extra time off between starts.
With off-days Thursday and Monday, Wednesday afternoon's starter Luis Perdomo isn't scheduled to start again until next Wednesday. Two days off in a span of five days will also give the bullpen a break -- not that they have needed it recently.
Going into Friday night's opener of a three-game series against the Rockies at Petco Park, Padres relievers have worked 17 2/3 straight scoreless innings over the past five games -- the longest active streak in the Major Leagues. Not only have the relievers not allowed a run, but they have also given up only one hit during the run with 10 walks and 18 strikeouts.
Kirby Yates and left-hander Brad Hand have each worked 3 2/3 innings. Yates allowed the only hit with six strikeouts and no walks. Hand has four strikeouts and no walks in three straight perfect outings. Brandon Maurer has worked three perfect innings with one strikeout.
Left-hander Jose Torres has walked two with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Craig Stammen issued a walk with three strikeouts in two innings. Kevin Quackenbush has issued two walks in 1 1/3 innings. And left-hander Ryan Buchter has issued five walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
• The Padres are 19-3 this season when scoring four or more runs. The .864 winning percentage is the second best in the Major Leagues to Houston's .882 mark (30-4).
• Shorstop Erick Aybar, who now appears to be in a battle with Chase d'Arnaud for the starting job, had a double in three at-bats Wednesday, ending a 0-for-15 skid that dropped his batting average to .193. d'Arnaud had made the three previous starts at short and made three outstanding plays.
• Rule 5 rookie Allen Cordoba's six-game hitting streak ended Tuesday evening with a 0-for-4. Cordoba had hit safely in eight straight starts, going 12-for-33 (.364).
• Third baseman Ryan Schimpf has five homers in the past nine games. Those five homers have produced six runs. Over the nine games, Schimpf is 6-for-31.
• INF-OF Cory Spangenberg is in a 7-for-42 slump with 10 strikeouts and two walks since May 17, dropping his batting average from .271 to .234.