The San Diego Padres‘ starting pitchers got off to a dreadful start in their first two games against the New York Mets. Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard combined to allow 13 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings for a robust 15.96 ERA. The pair made the Mets look like the vaunted 1927 New York Yankees.
Things improved with Eric Stults on the mound for the third game. Although he was only able to go five innings, he didn’t allow any runs. The Padres offense was able to scrape together two runs and win a tight 2-1 ballgame.
The Padres still have to be concerned about the state of their pitching. In just the first three games, the bullpen has racked up 12 2/3 innings. The Padres were lucky they were on the road or that total would have been two innings higher. Last year the bullpen was a strength, but that won’t repeat itself if all the relievers get worn out so early in the season.
Things probably aren’t going to get much better as the Padres faceoff against the Colorado Rockies in Denver this weekend. It will be up to Jason Marquis and Tyson Ross to take the ball and go as deep into the next two ballgames as possible. It is a tall order for the journeyman and the guy who had a 6.50 ERA last season.
It isn’t a surprise that the Padres are bad, just that they are looking this bad this early. Right now it looks as if they might challenge the Houston Astros for the title of worst team in baseball.