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.