SAN DIEGO — Padres manager Andy Green says make nothing of the statistic. The only thing that’s important is that the Padres will be going for a series win Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park.
But here’s the stat. The Padres lost Friday night’s series opener to the Pirates — marking the 18th time in the last 19 series that the Padres have lost the opening game in the series.
“I don’t put much into that first game of a series statistic,” Green said Saturday. “I think it’s just one of those things that you don’t make too big a deal out of. The goal is to win the series and we have Tyson (Ross) on the mound for the rubber game.”
The right-handed Ross (5-5, 3.32 earned run average) will be opposing Pittsburgh right-hander Jameson Taillon (5-6, 3.96 ERA) in Sunday afternoon’s rubber match.
The 32-year-old Ross has been the Padres most reliable pitcher this season. The Padres are 11-5 when he starts (including a 7-2 record over his last nine starts), although they have failed to score a run for him the last three times he has started.
Ross has not allowed more than three runs in his last nine starts and he has gone five or more innings in his last 11 starts. Over his last two outings, Ross has allowed three runs on nine hits and six walks in 13 innings. And his ERA over those past nine starts is 3.08.
Ross has already made one successful start against the Pirates this season. On May 18 in Pittsburgh, Ross held Pittsburgh to two runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts over six innings to get credit for the win in a 3-2 Padres victory.
Sunday will be Ross’ seventh career appearance against the Pirates. In six previous starts, Ross has a 2-2 record and a 3.24 ERA. Another thing Ross has going for him Sunday is Petco Park. He has a career 2.91 ERA in the Padres’ downtown home in 53 games (44 starts).
Taillon Authentic T. J. Oshie Jersey , 26, will be facing the Padres for the first time this season although he will be making his third career start against the Padres. He has a 1-0 record with a 1.26 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in his first two outings against the Padres. He shut out the Padres on three hits and two walks over eight innings in 2016.
Like Ross, Taillon will also be making his 17th start of the season. After starting the season 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA in his first three starts, Taillon has gone 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA in his last 13 starts. But he has won each of his past three road starts, giving up four runs in 21 innings.
The biggest plus for Taillon Sunday could be the sunlight. He is 9-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 17 career day games and 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in five daylight starts on the road.
Tom Brady can’t plead the fifth regarding his offseason whereabouts. He’s in Europe, hanging out at the Monaco Grand Prix.
And he’s getting in a workout. Sort of.
Red Bull Racing has posted a video of Brady throwing a football from a mega-yacht to Daniel Ricciardo, who is standing on a small boat roughly the size of The Flying Wasp.
Yes, voluntary workouts are voluntary. But they’re not really voluntary DJ Chark Color Rush Jersey , and Brady knows it. For him to being living it up (and given the heavy ad presence on the video, raking it in) when his football team is trying to get the most out of precious few OTAs in advance of precious few training-camp practices, chances are that coach Bill Belichick will be even more miffed when he sees this.
Chances are that’s exactly the reaction Brady is hoping to provoke.
So while those who like to downplay situations like this while continue to say, “It’s no big deal,” the reality is that 31 starting quarterbacks currently are all in. And one is all out. And he happens to also be the greatest quarterback of all time.
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