|time:||5:05 p.m. PT|
|sp:||Greg Maddux (11-9, 3.75) vs Jeff Francis (15-6, 4.12)|
Jeff Francis has been terrific again this year, proving that his 2006 breakout season was no fluke. On the bright side, he’s been terrible against the Padres of late. Francis has allowed at least five runs in each of his last five starts against San Diego. He’s 1-3 with a 9.91 ERA during that stretch, which dates back to August 2006.
The bad news, of course, is that past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Here’s hoping that in this case, the trend continues…