Jason Marquis is making a little noise in the San Diego Padres organization this year. He is 7 – 2 and is currently on a stretch where he has won six consecutive decisions. He is pitching as well now as he did when he burst onto the scene with the Atlanta Braves who took him in the first round of the 1996 MLB Draft. The road after leaving the Braves has been a long one for Marquis but he seems to have finally found his grove once again just in time for the Padres to enjoy it.
From spring training when the Padres decided to take a chance on the 33-year old journeyman pitcher, things have looked good for Marquis. He worked with Trevor Hoffman on a changeup during the spring. Whether that is the entire boost he needed or if Marquis feels that he can finally focus on baseball after some personal issues have been ironed out, he is finally showing the same potential he did when he was the next big thing behind Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux.
While he will never reach their level of wins or maybe even that level of success, he doesn’t have to. He just needs to be Jason Marquis, starting pitcher for the Padres. Tonight he will come full circle again when he faces the Braves and their newest great young arm, Julio Teheran. Both Marquis and Teheran are coming off of good performances with Teheran taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. It should be a good game either way but I for one am hoping for a good old fashion pitching duel.