About that starting rotation …
Jake Peavy, 1-1, 3.52 ERA and coming off a start where he struck out 10 and came within two outs of a complete-game victory. Everything looks good there.
Chris Young, 2-0, 1.38 ERA and nine hits allowed in two starts. This is about how Young began the 2007 season when he was picked for the National League All-Star team. No worries here.
Walter Silva, Kevin Corriea and Shawn Hill. These three are 1-0 with a 4.79 ERA and 12 walks over 20 2/3 innings. Granted, two of these starts belong to Silva while Correia goes here today against the Mets. Hill, after a rotation shuffle, will go again Saturday in Philadelphia.
I imagine I’ll have more to say about Correia and Hill after their next starts but we’re free to pick away at Silva, who was entrusted with a 5-1 lead on Monday at Citi Field only to tire, lose his command, walk two in the fifth and then, in a decisive blow, allow a three-run home run to David Wright.
The Padres, of course, would eventually win the game, thanks in large part to more strong work from the bullpen. Yes, I’m impressed with what this group has done over eight games. No, I never saw it coming. Yes, it’s eight games but I’m seeing some good stuff among the relievers and while they might not continue at this pace, I think this group, as a whole, has what it takes to consistently get outs.
So back to Silva. As I mentioned, he’ll get his next turn in the rotation in Philadelphia but the Padres are clearly a little concerned with his command, which was supposed to be his calling card. I like his stuff when he’s on, how he keeps the ball down and command three pitches. I think he can pitch better than he did Monday. I think stamina is still an issue with this guy. He threw 69 pitches in his first start and was up to 84 when the at-bat with Wright started.
Again, we’ve talked about this at length but the back end of that rotation is going to be a key as we move forward. Peavy and Young can’t pitch every day. The back end of that rotation has to pitch better and pitch longer. That’s important because the bullpen was responsible for picking up the final 4 1/3 innings Monday. That’s a lot to ask.
The off-day on Tuesday allowed for some much-needed rest for those guys, especially Edwin Moreno, who had a big two-inning stint Monday. He’s likely down tonight to get another day of rest. The rest of the bunch should be ready to go.
So as you’re watching these games when Silva, Correia and Hill are throwing remember this: Are they laboring? Are they holding their stuff beyond the fourth inning? Are they throwing strikes? Remember, Chad Gaudin is now in Portland and pitching on Saturday for them. He’s not just there to enjoy the city — though there’s a lot to enjoy, but don’t get me started.
If one of these guys stumbles, he’ll be here in a heartbeat. Hot start or not, the Padres can’t and won’t wait for one of these guys to figure things out if they stumble too long.