After Saturday’s 5-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds, the Friar pitching staff took over the top spot in all of baseball for team ERA (2.73)
From the starting rotation all the way down to the bullpen, the Padres have been downright stingy.
The Padres didn’t let the Diamondbacks get more than three runs in one game, allowed just four runs in three games to San Francisco, and surrendered just four late-inning runs in a 10-4 offensive outburst Friday before shutting out Cincinnati 5-0 Saturday.
Kevin Correia (3-1, 3.13 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) has been pitching like a staff ace.
Rookie Mat Latos’ (1-1, 3.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) stock is rising, including seven scoreless frames against San Francisco.
The Padres haven’t found a way to get the centerpiece of the Jake Peavy deal, Clayton Richard (0-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), his first win despite three solid outings
Tim Stauffer (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.77 WHIP), the Padres fourth overall selection in the 2003 draft, has been about near-perfect, not yielding a single run in 10.1 innings of work in 2010.
Wade Leblanc (1-0, 0.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) has been a pleasant surprise, filling in admirably for the injured Chris Young. He hasn’t skipped a beat since his dominant spring training, where he compiled a 4-0 record and 1.96 ERA in 23 innings of work.
His four pickoffs in two starts might also have something to do with the Padres leading the league in the category with nine.