Change in the rotation coming? …
Welcome to Houston, where it’s very muggy outside and very cool inside, as the roof is shut here at Minute Maid Park, where the Padres are playing the first of three games against the Astros, a team that is struggling worse than the Padres.
I’m sitting here watch Chad Gaudin pitch — pitch carefully, I might add — as those Crawford Boxes down the left field line look much MUCH closer than 315 feet. No, this is no place to pitch, not over the course of a season.
Which makes the task laying in front of Saturday starter Kevin Correia even more difficult. Not only must he try to keep the ball in ballpark here and not awaken the train that rolls above left field but he must pitch well to hang onto his spot in rotation.
Correia is 0-2 with a 5.92 ERA in five starts this season and is coming off a start where he allowed five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season. He hasn’t thrown enough strikes, hasn’t pitched well out of the stretch and simply hasn’t shown the Padres enough.
So keep an eye on this start and the one Cha Seung Baek will be making Saturday with Portland on an injury rehab assignment. If Baek can get stretched out enough to 90 or so pitches, if his stuff looks good, you might see him sometime next week — in the rotation.