IGD: Padres @ Pirates (30 May 07)

first pitch: 4:05 p.m. PT
television: Channel 4SD
matchup: Chris Young (5-3, 2.70 ERA) vs Paul Maholm (2-6, 5.43 ERA)
previews: Padres.com | SI.com

As expected, the NL West is turning into a three-team race. Spurred by a suggestion in Tuesday’s IGD that the Padres are unable to dominate sub-.500 teams, I checked to see how they compare in that regard with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks:

NL West Contenders vs Winners and Losers
Team .500+ sub-.500
  W L Pct W L Pct
Stats are through May 29, 2007, and courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
LA 11 9 .550 19 12 .613
SD 10 11 .476 19 11 .633
Ari 9 10 .474 22 13 .629

Too close to call. The Padres have a winning record against every losing team they’ve played this season except Pittsburgh (0-1). The bigger problem is that the Dodgers are cleaning up on Arizona (4-1) and San Diego (4-2). Still, this is worth watching.

Another thing that caught my eye this morning was an article in the U-T talking about David Wells‘ lack of run support. Although the Padres haven’t scored very often when Wells takes the mound, to focus on that I think is to miss the point:

Padres Record by Starter
W L RS RA
Stats are through May 29, 2007, and courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
Peavy 9 2 52 19
Young 6 4 40 31
Maddux 5 5 41 35
Wells 4 6 33 44
Germano 3 1 13 7
Hensley 2 4 31 35

Or maybe I’m the one missing the point? Either way, a win on Wednesday would be nice. Go Padres!