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The argument for Clayton Richard throughout his career as a Padre is that Petco Park makes him look good. We know that he has good stuff when he is on his game, but pitching half his games at home allows him to get away with mistakes. This is proven by his numbers when he pitches on the road. Through his career (which includes time with the White Sox) he holds a 3.25 ERA at home and a 5.02 ERA on the road. He is a work horse and manages to stay healthy as we saw him make 33 starts last year, which he also did in 2010. The difference between 2010 and 2012 is his home runs allows doubled, his ERA went up a little bit, and his strike outs went down by almost 50. I thought that maybe this year he would work out some of that home run trouble that he ran into last year, but boy was I wrong. Last night in only 4 1/3 innings of work he gave up three home runs. So far not so good for Clayton, which in turn means so far not so good for the Padres. Eric Stults will take the mound today as the Padres close out the series against the Mets and try to salvage at least one game. I used the word salvage way too much last year and I was hoping I could use it sparingly this year, guess not.
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Richard, Padres struggle in rematch at Citi Field – Padres.com

“For the second time in as many games, a San Diego starting pitcher was hit hard early in the game. Two days ago, Edinson Volquez lasted three-plus innings. On Wednesday, it was Clayton Richard who scuffled, allowing seven earned runs and three home runs in 4 1/3 innings.”

For starters, the Padres have had no chance – Union Tribune

“Eric Stults can’t be worse than what the two No.3 pitchers at the head of the Padres’ rotation have been in their starts. Can he?”

An interesting look at the first pitches of the season – Fangraphs

“Indeed, 27 of the 30 first pitches were taken, but a full 15 of them — half of them — were first-pitch balls. So this wasn’t a case of pitchers just grooving one in there, knowing that the batters wouldn’t swing.”

Casey Kelly had successful elbow surgery – Rant Sports

“Andrews has indicated to team managers that the surgery was a complete success, and that Kelly will be flying to San Diego shortly for evaluation by the team’s doctors, and for a consultation about rehabilitation.”

Padres announce Opening Day sellout – Scoop San Diego

“All fans in attendance will receive an Opening Day t-shirt presented by Sycuan. In addition, the first 25,000 fans through the gates will receive a 2013 schedule cling presented by Aladdin Bail Bonds.”

Austin Hedges receives votes in who could jump from single A to majors – Baseball Prospectus

“The bat is obviously behind the advanced defensive skills, and would most likely get exploited if the Padres were to promote Hedges to the majors after a season in the California League.”

Seven injured Padres to dream about – Gaslamp Ball

“The need to have Edinson Volquez be the team ace is as laughable as it really should be. I mean really. Edinson Volquez is our ace? How did we get to that point? Wait… Imagining… Imagining…”

The Sacrifice Bunt looks at Forbes’ evaluation of the Padres – Padres Public

“The Padres will likely refute the numbers, as they have in years past, and us fans will be stuck with more questions than answers. The problem is that while both sides make lots of claims, neither of which is willing to actually show their work.”

Good, Bad and Ugly from last night’s game – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“On a positive note, the Padres three-run rally in the ninth may provide some momentum for the Thursday game.”

Come join the chat for today’s game! – Friarhood

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.