Saturday, September 23, 2023
2023 National Football League Schedule, Book 1

MLB Preview: San Diego Padres (61-67) at Milwaukee Brewers (70-57)


Padres shut out Marlins 4-0 behind Seth Lugo on Wednesday, win series 2-1

  • Starter Seth Lugo tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and allowed just 3 hits in his 5th win of the season…he fanned 4 to push his strikeout total to 107, a new career high in a season…it was his 12th quality start of 2023.
  • Xander Bogaerts hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning to give the Padres a 3-0 lead (his 16th HR of 2023), and Garrett Cooper went 2-for-3 against his former team.

Robert Suarez appeals suspension after being ejected on Wednesday for a sticky substance

  • Robert Suarez was ejected from Wednesday’s game as he entered the game in the 8th…he was ejected by umpire Crew Chief Todd Tichenor and was observed to have a sticky substance on his glove hand side in the general wrist area.
  • Said Suarez postgame, “Like any day game, I put on some sunscreen, and that’s what they saw…I definitely don’t use any illegal substance, any banned substance at all.” …MLB announced today he’ll appeal his 10-game suspension and continue to be eligible to play until a resolution is reached. Padres are only team in baseball to not have a 4+ game win streak
  • Today is game 129 for the Padres this year, and they are the only team in baseball to not have a winning streak over 3 games…there’s only been 3 other seasons in which the Padres were this deep in a season without a 4+ game winning streak: 1970, 2016, and 2018 (’16 and ’18 were the only season in club history in which they went the whole year without a 4 game win streak).

Today is game 20 of playing 32 games in 34 days for the Padres

  • Today’s game is the Padres 20th in a stretch of playing 32 games in 34 days (from August 4-Sept. 6)… prior to Thursday’s off day in Milwaukee, the club played 19 games in 20 days.

No margin for error

  • With 34 games left in the regular season (including today), the Padres are -6.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race, behind the Marlins (-2.0 GB), Reds (-0.5 GB), and Giants (-0.5 GB)…occupying the 3 NL Wild Card spots as of now are the D-Backs (0.0 GB), Cubs (+0.5 GB), and Phillies (+2.5).
  • Said Manny Machado postgame on Wednesday, “From here on out, every game is do or die.”

Padres run differential vs. Padres wins

  • With a +62 run differential and a .477 winning percentage, the Padres’ currently tie with the 1967 Orioles for the best run differential in MLB history by a team with a winning percentage below .480 (Baltimore finished their ’67 season with a .472 winning percentage and a +62 differential).
  • The next best run differential of a team this season who are below .500 are the Guardians (-11 run differential), per Sportstrader.

Gone walkin’

  • Wednesday vs. Miami was the Padres’ 11th straight game drawing multiple walks and their 88th game in a row drawing at least one walk…their 88 games is the longest active walk streak in baseball (next most are the D-backs’ 75 games).

Darvish set for 10th career start vs. MIL Darvish aims to avoid his first 3 start losing streak of the season in his 10th career start vs. MIL…in his career vs. the Brew Crew, he’s gone 2-4 with a 2.09 ERA (12 ER, 51.2 IP), 0.89 WHIP and .180 AVG against with 5 quality starts, including allowing 3 ER-or-fewer in all 9 starts…he’s allowed just 1 ER in a combined 11.0 IP in his 2 starts at American Family Field, but didn’t factor into either of those stars…tonight will be his first @ AFF as a member of the Padres.

Darvish suffers first loss vs. ARI since Sept ’21
Darvish was tagged with his first loss vs. ARI since Sept 1, 2021, snapping his streak of 7 consecutive starts without a losing decison vs. the club…he allowed a season-high-tying 9 hits along with 4 runs, striking out 7 and walking 1, but received 1 run of support for the 3rd consecutive outing…among all qualifying pitchers since July 19, his 2.83 run support average T-6th-fewest in the Majors with Merrill Kelly, trailing only Jose Quintana (1.32), Brandon Pfaadt (1.50), Ross Stripling (1.65), George Kirby (2.06) and Jose Berrios (2.56).

Darvish passes Nomo for most Major Leauge strikeouts for a Japenese-born pitcher
With his 6 strikeouts Mon, Aug 14 vs. BAL, Darvish became MLB’s strikeout leader for a Japanese-born player, with his 1,919 career ML strikeouts passing Hideo Nomo’s 1,918 SO… Nomo is currently serving in SD’s organization as an Advisor to Baseball Operations.

Second half punchouts
Yu posted a 9.42 SO/9 IP ratio across his 15 first-half starts in ’23…in his 8 2nd half starts this season, he’s punched out 49 across 47.1 IP (9.32 SO/9)…among ll pitchers who have made at least 100 post-All Star starts, his 11.28 SO/9 IP ratio ranks 2nd all-time, trailing Chris Sale (11.31) and ahead of Randy Johnson (10.83), Gerrit Cole (10.81) and Max Scherzer (10.48).

Also making SD history with the punchouts
Darvish has struk out 534 batters through his first 83 games pitched with Padres, the most ever by any pitcher by this milepost for the franchise…among all hurlers in their first 83 app in Padres history, the next closest are Jake Peavy (472) and Chris Young (441).

2023 hit rate above his historic average
Yu Darvish has yielded a career-high 8.71 H/9 IP in ’23, but his 7.35 H/9 rate ranks 5th among all active MLB pitchers (min. 1,000 IP), behind only Clayton Kershaw (6.82), Jacob deGrom (6.90), Chris Sale (7.32) and Max Scherzer (7.33)…Darvish’s 7.35 H/9 rate ranks T-30th all-time with Cy Morgan (also min. 1,000 IP).

First time through
Michael Wacha (.189) and Yu Darvish (.195) rank 2nd and 4th, respectively, among all qualifying NL starters in opponent AVG the first time thru a batting order…Darvish trails only Tony Gonsolin (.149)…the 2nd time thru opponents are hitting .288 (53-184) vs. Darvish and .300 the 3rd time thru (39-130).

  • San Diego’s 88-game walk streak is their longest since their 109-game streak in 2001.


SUMMARY: Are 84-86 all-time, including 3-1 this season…..went 3-4 last season.

at MIL: Are 47-42 all-time, going 42-34 at American Family Field and 5-8 at County Stadium…..went 1-3 last season.

at SD: Are 37-44 all-time, going 29-30 at Petco Park and 8-14 at Qualcomm Stadium…..are 3-1 this season…..went 2-1 last season and are 14-5 in the last 19 games.

We’re Going Streaking!
With a win tonight, the Brewers would match their longest winning streak of the season at 6 games (4/1-4/7) and their longest home winning streak of the season at 4 games (4/3-4/7).

Climbing the Charts
The Brewers (70-57) improved to a season-high 13 games over .500 on Wednesday…..the team looks to climb 14 games over .500 for the first time since it was 32-18 in May last season.

By the Slimmest of Margins
The Brewers are 26-11 (.703) in 1-run contests…..the Marlins (27-11, .711) are the only team in the Major Leagues with a better winning percentage in 1-run games…..the Brewers have the third-most 1-run wins in the majors behind the Marlins and Reds (27).

The Freshmen
Wednesday marked the Brewers’ seventh walk-off win of the season, including six decided by rookies….. the six walk-off plate appearances are tied for the most by rookies in a single season since 1970, a feat also accomplished by the 2019 Pirates, 2006 Marlins and 2003 Indians.

Date/Opponent Result
4/5 vs. NYM………………..Mitchell HR (9)
5/13 vs. KC…………………..Wiemer SF (9)
6/6 vs. BAL…………. Wiemer single (10)
7/24 vs. CIN………………Yelich single (9)
8/5 vs. PIT…………….Perkins single (10)
8/9 vs. COL………….Monasterio E6 (10)
8/23 vs. MIN …………Turang single (10)

No Shortage at Shortstop
Willy Adames belted his 21st HR of the season on Wednesday…..only the Mets’ Francisco Lindor (23) has more HR than Adames from the shortstop position in the NL this season.

Christian Yelich is 12 hits away from 1,500 for his Major League career….. there are currently 22 active players with 1,500+ hits.

Hit No. Date/Opponent
1 …………………….7/23/13 at COL (single)
500…………………8/6/16 at COL (single)
1,000 …………..6/30/19 vs. PIT (double)

Santana’s Greatest Hits
Carlos Santana needs 4 HR for 300 in his Major League career…..his 296 career HR are 10th in MLB history by switch-hitters.

Player HR

  1. Chili Davis …………………………………..350
  2. Reggie Smith………………………………314
  3. Ruben Sierra ……………………………..306
  4. Carlos Santana ……………………..296

TONIGHT’S GAME: Is game 3 (2-0) of a 5-game, 6-day homestand against Minnesota (2-0) and San Diego (3g)…..following this homestand, the team travels to Wrigley Field for 3 games against the Cubs…..following an off day on August 31, the team returns to American Family Field for 3 games against Philadelphia.

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP J.C. Mejía (right shoulder), OF Garrett Mitchell (left shoulder), OF Blake Perkins (left oblique), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee), RHP Julio Teheran (right hip), LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) and OF Jesse Winker (back) are on the injured list…..Ashby, Mitchell, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (148 days): The Brewers have spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings: FIRST: 95, SECOND: 51, THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team is currently in first place, leading the Cubs by 3.0 games and Reds by 4.0 games.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers are 22-17-2 in series play.
Game 1: 21-20, Game 2: 23-18, Game 3: 22-17, Game 4: 4-2
Sweep Wins (8): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14), vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13),
at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-23)
Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14), at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17)

AT HOME: The Brewers are 35-27 at home, going 11-7-2 in series play…..went 46-35 at home last season, going 15-8-4 in series play.

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers are 35-30 on the road, going 11-10-0 in series play…..went 40-41 on the road last season, going 9-12-5 in series play.

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers have made 27 replay challenges this season, going 11-16…..their last challenge (lost) came on 8/6 vs. Pittsburgh as an out call at third base (William Contreras) stood.

WOODRUFF AT A GLANCE: Brandon Woodruff, 30, will be making his sixth start of the season and first against the Padres…..Woodruff last started last Friday at Texas and received no decision in the Brewers’ 9-8 win (5.1ip, 3h, 4r, 4er, 2bb, 4k, 2hr, 92 pitches)…..the team is 4-1 in his starts…..he has 2 quality starts…..opponents are batting .182 (18-for-99, 6hr)…..he has gone 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA over his last 26 starts dating back to last season (152.2ip, 42er)…..Woodruff was placed on the 15-day injured list on April 11 with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to April 8…..he was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May 15 and reinstated on August 6…..Woodruff was selected in the 11th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University…..he is under club control through 2024.

LAST SEASON: Woodruff went 13-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 starts last season…..he led the team with a career-high 13 wins…..the team went 19-8 in his starts…..he made 15 quality starts…..he held opponents to a .215 batting average with 190 strikeouts in 153.1 innings…..Woodruff missed a month while on the 15-day injured list from 5/30-6/27 with a right ankle sprain and Raynaud’s syndrome affecting his pitching fingers…..he went 8-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts after coming off the injured list (109.2ip, 29er).

CAREER: Is 43-26 with a 3.17 ERA in 124 games/109 starts (641.1ip, 226er)… in his seventh MLB season, all with the Brewers (2017-23)…..was a 2019 and 2021 All-Star.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 24-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 62 games/55 starts (328.1ip, 107er)… 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 2 starts this season (10.1ip, 2er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 19-17 with a 3.42 ERA in 62 games/54 starts (313ip, 119er)… 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 3 starts this season (17.2ip, 7er).

CAREER vs. PADRES: Is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 5 games/4 starts (23ip, 14h, 6r, 6er, 5bb, 26k, 1hr)…..he has not faced the Padres since earning a 5-3 win on 5/24/21 at American Family Field (7ip, 3h, 0r, 0bb, 8k).

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