San Diego went a franchise-best 22-6 in May, claiming first place in the division and looking like one of the elite teams in the majors. However, the Padres foundered in June with a 10-17 mark and have managed to stay atop the division only because of the inconsistency of the other West clubs.
No NL West team had a winning record in June.
San Diego has been forced to play through injuries to starters Ramon Hernandez (wrist), Phil Nevin (oblique) and Mark Loretta (thumb). In addition, center fielder Dave Roberts has missed the last five games with a sore left knee and is listed as day-to-day.
“I think to have a successful season, we need to have our regulars back,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “The reason why you have role players is to fill in occasionally or for short stints. Your core players, you depend on them to have a winning season.”
The Padres have counted on backups like Mark Sweeney, Damian Jackson and Robert Fick to fill the roles of their injured starts. While the reserves have had their moments, San Diego is eager to get healthy.
“We’re using all our resources and we’re still on the top of the division,” San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman said.
The season’s third month was also a problem for Jake Peavy, who will start Friday. Peavy entered June 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA, but went 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four outings last month and pitched past the sixth inning on just one occasion.
The 24-year-old right-hander is 6-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 career starts against the Giants. Peavy gave up one run and six hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win over San Francisco on April 18.
The Giants will recall Kevin Correia from Triple-A Fresno to start Friday. Correia, who was born in San Diego, is 3-2 with a 6.07 ERA at Fresno in 31 appearances, including three starts.
The 24-year-old right-hander was named Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week for June 20-26 after going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in a pair of starts. Correia went 0-1 with an 8.05 ERA last season for San Francisco in 12 appearances, including one start.