Credit the pitching for Padres' streaking ways
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By John Kruk, ESPNPeople might want to make a big deal about the San Diego Padres winning 10 consecutive games, but I don't think it's that great a story yet. Their 9-7 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday snapped an 11-game road losing streak, and was only the fourth time this month they had scored six or more runs.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|A. Gonzalez, SD||17||Ari||Davis||Top 4: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.|
|J. Mauer, Min||11||Bos||Papelbon||Bot 9: 1-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
|C. Headley, SD||4||Ari||Pena||Top 10: 1-1, 0 Outs. 1 on.|
|G. Sheffield, NYM||4||Was||Lannan||Bot 6: 0-0, 0 Outs. 2 on.|
|R. Garko, Cle||4||TB||Balfour||Bot 9: 1-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.|
ON DECK: TUESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSCardinals at Brewers, 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN The Brewers have yet to lose to the Cardinals in four games this season, and Brewers starter Jeff Suppan has won eight straight decisions and is 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his last six starts against St. Louis. In fact, Suppan is the only active pitcher Albert Pujols hasn't homered against (in at least 25 at-bats). He'll be facing Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Tigers at Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET Any time Zack Greinke (7-1, 0.82 ERA) is on the mound, the game is worth watching. The Royals' ace beat the Tigers on April 24 with a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 10. He'll face Edwin Jackson (4-2, 2.55 ERA). The first-place Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games. Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET Any chance to see Joe Mauer hit right now is a treat. The Twins' All-Star catcher has 11 home runs in 23 games; his career high is 13. But he's never homered against Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Meanwhile, Red Sox leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury has pieced together a 20-game hitting streak and is batting .330 during the streak. David Ortiz, who didn't play Monday, could be back in the lineup against Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn. For the rest of Tuesday's schedule, click here.
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POWER RANKINGS: WHO'S NO. 1?
Who's had the most effective fastball so far in 2009? Inside Edge tracks the top and bottom 10 pitchers in terms of their opponents' batting average against their fastball.
|Top 10 Pitchers: Opp. BA vs. Fastball|
|Minimum: 241 fastballs thrown. League average BA is .285.|
|Jonathan Broxton, LAD||.100|
|Seth McClung, MIL||.143|
|David Aardsma, SEA||.157|
|Andrew Bailey, OAK||.159|
|Danys Baez, BAL||.162|
|J.A. Happ, PHI||.162|
|Heath Bell, SDG||.167|
|Scot Shields, LAA||.182|
|Dan Haren, ARI||.189|
|Ryan Perry, DET||.196|
|Bottom 10 Pitchers: Opp. BA vs. Fastball|
|Hayden Penn, FLA||.367|
|Brad Bergesen, BAL||.370|
|Felipe Paulino, HOU||.385|
|Dana Eveland, OAK||.387|
|Carl Pavano, CLE||.392|
|Brad Ziegler, OAK||.393|
|Scott Olsen, WAS||.411|
|Jason Hammel, COL||.414|
|Luis Ayala, MIN||.417|
|Ricky Nolasco, FLA||.435|
MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• There were several brilliant performances Monday from the likes of Chris Carpenter, Phil Hughes, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Garko, but the choice is Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who went 6-for-6, with a home run, 3 RBIs and four runs scored in the Pirates' 10-8 victory over the Cubs.||WORST|
|• Jason Isringhausen gets the booby prize, but it could be awarded to the entire Rays' bullpen in the Indians' 11-10 come-from-behind win. The Rays led 10-2 after seven innings but everything unraveled as they surrendered two in the eighth and seven in the ninth. Isringhausen was on the mound at the bitter end, walking the first three batters, then giving up the decisive two-run single to Victor Martinez.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWPhillies closer Brad Lidge blew two saves this weekend, giving him four this season, after he converted all 48 saves in leading the Phils to the World Series title in 2008. Lidge is still throwing in the mid-90s and says his knee is healthy, so what is behind his early-season struggles? Lidge isn't locating his slider, so hitters are sitting on his fastball -- and getting good ones.
|Brad Lidge: Last two seasons|
|Slider in zone pct.||44.8||38.7|
|*Mid/mid and mid/in pct. of FB||9.9||15.8|
|Well-hit avg. vs. FB||.151||.455|
|Slug pct. vs. FB||.354||.909|
|*Percent of all fastballs thrown that were down the middle or middle in to the hitter|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF TUESDAY'S GAMES
Adam Madison examines the 15 games on Monday's slate.
Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Tuesday. Daily Notes