7:05 PM ET, September 10, 2013
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Diego: Cashner (8-8, 3.45 ERA)
Philadelphia: Cloyd (2-3, 3.57 ERA)
Tonight the San Diego padres will look to extend a hot stretch just like the Philadelphia Phillies have. The Padres have to generate the run support they’ve lacked in Andrew Cashner’s recent starts to continue theirs.
Cashner has done a good job even though he is winless in more than a month and this evening he will try to help the Padres win their fourth straight while keeping the Phillies from their longest win streak in three months.
San Diego (65-77) finished a 5-1 homestand Sunday when Nick Hundley delivered a go-ahead, three-run double in the seventh inning in a 5-2 victory versus the Colorado Rockies. It was the first time since June 1998 that they won three straight games even while being tied or behind in the seventh inning or later.
Now the Padres would like to impress YouWager bettors by coming big at the plate for Cashner (8-8, 3.45 ERA), who is 0-3 in his last five starts despite a 2.18 ERA. San Diego dropped four of those games and totaled nine runs, including only four when Cashner was on the mound.
The 26 year-old has yielded two earned runs over his last 21 innings, and he’ll try to provide a lift for a rotation that has a 5.52 ERA in dropping eight of 10 away from home. Even so, Cashner has a 4.61 ERA on the road compared to 2.14 at home.
Cashner, who has given up three earned runs or less in nine straight starts, has a 1.80 ERA when facing Philadelphia in six appearances — all in relief.
Chase Utley has never seen Cashner, but he’s batting .385 with three home runs in his last seven MLB games versus San Diego. The second baseman is 8 for 17 in his last five games overall.
The Phillies will counter with Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57) who will try to continue the team’s recent success on the mound while making the most of another chance in the rotation.
Cloyd is replacing the struggling Ethan Martin and recently received his fourth call-up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. The 26 year-old last appeared for the Phillies on Aug. 24, when he walked five but gave up two hits over five shutout innings of relief in a 12-7, 18-inning defeat versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Philadelphia took two of three in San Diego from June 24-26.