The Padres were trying to stop a 10-game on-road losing streak, but realized it wouldn’t be easy against the Cardinals. But with the two-run lead in the ninth, Street got the call from the bullpen and retired their side in order for a save against the Cardinals.
Street picked up his first save in the last six outings and his fourth in the last 10 games in which he’s pitched. But he’s had 17 actual save opportunities and has converted on 16 of them. He’s at 0-4 with a 4.02 ERA. But the biggest stat for Street is saves and he picked up a key one against the Cardinals. It’s not easy to save any game on the road, especially against the Cardinals. Street deserves plenty of credit for the gutty effort.
It’s his first full season with the Padres. He pitched 39 innings last year with a fine 1.85 ERA and 23 saves out of 24 opportunities. He’s on pace to do just as well this season, but Black wouldn’t mind seeing Street’s ERA decline in a major way for the rest of the season.
Street has never really been recognized as one of the top-save artists in the league. The Padres simply want him to help them win ballgames now and get the club back into title contention. Saturday’s victory was a good beginning. But Street is going to have to do much more