The Lake Elsinore Storm of 2004 should resemble the opposite of what the team in 2003 was last year,…
Dodgers (4-2) at Padres (3-3)
RHP Adam Eaton (0-0, 1.13) and RHP Jeff Weaver (0-0, 1.29)
Eaton pitched very well in his first start of the season against the Dodgers, giving up 1 run over 8 innings of work. On 3 occasions last season, Eaton pitched back to back starts against the same opponent, and surprisingly he pitched better in 2nd game of each one. If that trend continues, he could throw a complete game shut out.
Weaver also pitched well against the Padres. He definitely recaptured some of his lost magic that made him so successful with the Tigers by allowing only 1 run over 6 innings. Former A's Terrence Long and Ramon Hernandez both have had moderate success against Weaver.
LHP David Wells (0-0, 0.00) and LHP Kazuhisa Ishii (1-0, 1.50)
Boomer should have had the first "W" in Petco Park. He scattered 4 hits over 7 innings, and only an uncharacteristic blown save by Trevor Hoffman cost him that historic win. Milton Bradley has had success against Wells.
Ishii wasn't overly sharp in his first outing but came up with some big pitches to wriggle out of jams. Only Mark Loretta has had reasonable success hitting against Ishii. The Padres collectively haven't done well against Ishii, he is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA.
RHP Brian Lawrence (1-0, 4.09) and RHP Hideo Nomo (1-1, 7.36)
BLaw is hard to watch right now as his control is horrific by any standard. 6 walks in 11 IP is sick for a guy that doesn't throw hard. In this league you either throw reasonably hard or have tremendous control, the greats can do both. If a guy like Lawrence cannot hit his spots he will lose his position in the rotation.
The Padres have enjoyed facing Nomo over the years. The weird thing is that for most of the game he appears to be cruising and then he starts giving up hits.
Hitters to Watch
Sean Burroughs and Mark Loretta, they each have 6 game hitting streaks and each has 3 multi-hit games. The best part of that is that each is a notoriously slow starter, although Loretta to a lesser degree.
Adrian Beltre another slow starter off to a hot start. Who knew that dropping him to the 7 hole would inspire/anger him into performing?!?
The bullpen, with the noted exception of Aki Otsuka. This team should be 5-1, could be 6-0, but the bullpen has just been awful. The starters have a 2.30 ERA, the relievers 6.62 ERA with a WHIP of 2.21. Yuck! You can say something that rhymes with yuck, but I am trying to keep it clean.
The countdown to 800 runs stands at 774; the boys need to pick up the pace. The countdown to 660 may resume.
Kim Lewis can be reached at email@example.com
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