Padres keep facing team's top pitchers
Tuesday marked the 16th time in 27 games vs. Nos. 1 or 2
PHILADELPHIA -- When the Padres faced Philadelphia's Cole Hamels on Thursday, it marked the 16th time in 27 games this season San Diego had faced either the Nos. 1 or 2 starting pitchers on the opposing team.
"This is as good of starting pitchers we have faced [in April] on any team I've been with," Padres manager Bud Black said before Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park, the first game of three the Padres will play in Philadelphia.
But Black isn't willing to pin all the blame on the Padres' offensive struggles -- they entered Tuesday ranked last in the Major Leagues in batting average (.225) and on-base percentage (.297) and 29th out of 30 teams in runs (84).
San Diego took a 10-16 record into Tuesday's game and were nine games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
"We still feel we're a team that should handle those pitchers, should handle any pitchers," Black said. "It happened, that's the hand we were dealt. Over 162 games, you hope that doesn't keep happening. But you can't complain about it. You can't worry about it."
So far, the Padres have faced Houston's Roy Oswalt and Brandon Backe twice. They've also faced Brad Penny and Derek Lowe of the Dodgers twice, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain of the Dodgers twice as well as Hamels, and Dan Haren and Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.