Padres Game Day Chat 9.29.10
BREAKDOWN: With six games to go, the Padres find themselves 2.0 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings and 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League Wild Card standings.
YOUNG GUN: Chris Young takes the hill tonight for his fourth start of the season and second at PETCO Park…while he has not factored in a decision since returning from the disabled list, the Padres have won each of his three starts this season…Young has allowed just two runs in his 15.0 innings of work in 2010, limiting opponents to a .135 batting average (7-for-52)…in fact, he has allowed just one extra base his this year, a solo shot to Drew Stubbs in his last outing.
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.
SAVED BY THE BELL: Heath Bell has converted each of his last 31 save opportunities and ranks second in the National League with a career-high 44 on the season…his last 31 saves have come over a span of 42 appearances and is the longest streak of successfully converted save opportunities in his career…his previous high was 15 straight from 5/31-8/12/09…the streak is the longest such streak ever by a Padre not named Trevor Hoffman…in addition, the 44 saves tie Mark Davis (1989) for the highest total by any Padre other than Trevor Hoffman.