Fresh off their 16-7 victory over Colorado on Sunday, the Padres open up a 3-game series tonight against the NL Central contending Milwaukee Brewers. While 3 ½ games behind the division leading Chicago Cubs, the Brew Crew is currently #1 in the NL Wild Card race and comes into Petco Park with a 6-game win streak.


With CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets pitching for the Brewers on Wednesday and Thursday, the Pads’ best chance of scoring runs is tonight against Jeff Suppan (7-7, 4.70). Since coming to Milwaukee from Cleveland via a trade, Sabathia is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA. Being that he was 6-8 with the AL Indians when he was traded, it’s pretty obvious that he’s having a good time in the NL. Ben Sheets is no walk in the park, either. He’ll enter Thursday’s contest with an 11-5 record and a 2.95 ERA.


The Padres will counter with Cha Seung Baek tonight, Josh Banks on Wednesday, and Jake Peavy on Thursday’s non-televised day game. Many of us Padre fans were hoping to see a Peavy-Sabathia matchup on Wednesday, but the club chose instead to give Jake an extra day off. With very little to look forward to the rest of this season, a classic pitching matchup (like Sandy Koufax vs. Bob Gibson) would’ve been fun.




    This is going to be a difficult homestand. The Brewers are a very tough team all around. Pitching is top notch, and their offense is dangerous; their defense is no easy group either. It certainly would have been a marquis matchup if the Padres had thrown Peavy against Sabathia; instead, they give our ace another day to rest. With the way this season has been going, the Padres should be using any means possible to keep their fans engaged. That head to head match up would have been stellar. Then, often times, albeit no one’s fault (just scheduling), the non-televised games turn out to be the ones we fans wish were on the tube. Hope the Pads can at least look respectible against the teams in this homestand, and then it doesn’t get easier next week when the Pads head to AZ with the newly-acquired Adam Dunn. Let’s try to keep the faith!!

  2. Kaybee

    I am looking forward to this series. I can’t say I’m disoppointed that Jake isn’t pitching against Sabathia. I just hope he does well with the extra rest. Go Padres!!!
    Kaybee (

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