Padres Game Day Chat 9.28.10
BREAKDOWN: With six games to go, the Padres find themselves 1.0 game back in the National League West standings and 0.5 game behind in the National League Wild Card standings…with the Giants off yesterday, both teams have now played 156 games and have six to go in the remaining regular season schedule.
WILLING AND ABLE: Dating back to 9/8, Will Venable has hit safely in 13 of his 16 games with an at-bat, including six multi-hit games in his last nine tilts…over the 16-game stretch, he has eight multi-hit games and is hitting .462 (24-for-52) with a .491 on-base percentage and .673 slugging percentage (1.164 OPS)…he has lifted his season average from .219 (on 9/7) to .253 during that span.
ON THE HILL: Mat Latos takes the hill tonight, looking for his first win since 9/7 vs. LAD…Latos has lost three consecutive starts for the first time in his career…the three straight losses are the first time he has dropped at least three consecutive decision since losing five straight from 8/14/09 to 4/15/10 (over a span of seven starts).
VS. THE CENTRAL: The Padres continue a seven-game homestand against the National League Central tonight…San Diego has gone 26-12 against NL Central opponents this season, including an 13-5 record at PETCO Park…the Padres swept the Cubs in a four-game series at Wrigley Field earlier this season and have won nine of the last 11 tilts against Chicago dating back to last season.