San Diego Padres’ Jason Marquis Must Cut Down On His Walks

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The San Diego Padres enter a new part of the MLB season determined to snap out of a losing skid just prior to the All-Star break that has put the team’s playoff hopes in tremendous jeopardy.

They are 4-18 coming into this stretch and they would just as soon forget those figures. Winning is the best way to forget about losing, obviously.

They are hoping Jason Marquis, who will start tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals, can find his magic again and give the team the boost it needs.

But to find that magic, Marquis has to regain his control in a major way. It’s not anywhere near where it should be if he wants to regain his effectiveness on the mound.

Marquis badly needs to challenge hitters more often. He has given up the most walks in MLB with 65. That’s not good. Padre coaches insist that because Marquis is 9-4 and has a 3.77 ERA, his walks total isn’t that major of a concern because he’s able to work his way around it and keep the runs total down.

That’s true to some extent. The ERA is the key stat, and Marquis has proven to be a smart pitcher when he needs to be. But putting runners on base via walks will come back to hurt any pitcher, and Marquis has not had a decision in his last five outings. The walks factor is critical. If he wants to get win No. 10, it would behoove Marquis to cut down on the walks.

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