Padres look to complete a most unlikely four-game sweep at Busch Stadium. Seems highly improbable, but then, so did a win behind Darrell May. Can Redding put together another good start and stave off the shadow of Tim Stauffer?
AB BA OBP SLG Redding vs current Cardinals 113 .345 .393 .540 Marquis vs current Padres 38 .316 .438 .526
Albert Pujols (.435/.458/.739 in 23 AB) and Scott Rolen (.304/.429/.565 in 23 AB) have had the most success against Redding. Reggie Sanders (.455/.455/1.000 in 11 AB) also has done quite well in limited action. The one guy Redding has handled pretty well is Jim Edmonds (.267/.353/.267 in 15 AB). Man, that Cardinals lineup is ridiculous.
For the Pads, the only guy who’s had many trips to the plate against Marquis is Geoff Blum (.364/.417/.818 in 11 AB), and he’s hurt. What else is going on for the Friars? As Jay noted in yesterday’s comments, Xavier Nady is rotting on the bench. He has just two at-bats over the past seven games (although three walks and a HBP give him six plate appearances). To put that in perspective, Adam Eaton has the same number of plate appearances during that stretch. FREE XAVIER NADY!
Moving along, here’s an interesting split for you:
Inning 7+ AB BA OBP SLG R HR Padres 373 .263 .364 .418 59 12 Opponents 357 .204 .293 .317 32 6
By comparison, here’s how things look in innings 1-6:
AB BA OBP SLG R HR Padres 700 .244 .319 .389 82 20 Opponents 730 .277 .335 .451 102 23
Pads own the late innings so far. That’s a pretty sick run differential. Also, check out the ISOs:
1-6 7+ Padres .145 .155 Opponents .174 .113
Obviously it’d be nice to see a little less disparity in the early innings, but it’s nice to see the club finishing games strong. Finally, here are a couple of guys who are going for the downs late in the game:
AB BA OBP SLG HR Nady 1-6 41 .293 .370 .415 1 Nady 7+ 30 .200 .351 .600 3 Klesko 1-6 67 .269 .364 .433 2 Klesko 7+ 35 .200 .349 .600 3
Totally different approaches. Between them, Nady and Ryan Klesko have exactly two singles from the seventh on.
I’m headed up to Elsinore this afternoon to see Khalil Greene‘s final rehab game. Also, Sean Thompson (BA #8) is starting today. I’ll try to jump in on the convo a little before I take off, but if not, talk to your heart’s content. Go Pads!