Stults just didn’t quite have it on Saturday in San Diego’s 7-1 loss to the Florida Marlins. It was his shortest outing of the season. He gave up three runs in the third inning and three in the fourth. He lasted 3.2 innings. It was frustrating for Stults, who has been far more effective in previous starts, but wasn’t on this particular night.
To Stults’ credit, he’s been as reliable as any starter all season prior to Saturday’s fiasco. His previous shortest effort in the last 10 games was on May 12 in 5.1 innings. Since then, he had outings of 6.1 innings or more. He has usually been very effective against the opposition.
Stults has had excellent control that has been exhibited in his last 10 games, he fanned 40 batters and walked just 14. His control had him among the most effective Padre pitchers. He wasn’t wild against the Marlins. He gave up no walks. But they hit him soundly with five runs on seven hits.
Hopefully for Stults and the Padres, it was just one of those nights. They need him to recapture his form, get back on the mound and pitch the Padres to another win. They’re trying to stay above the .500 mark, but Stults let them down on Saturday as they fell to 49-50 overall.
But fortunately for Stults, he’ll be getting plenty of other chances. It would greatly benefit the Padres if he does not repeat Saturday’s performance.