New York (51-41) at San Diego (51-40)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 17, 2007
  • TV: SNY, Ch4
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After pitching magnificently for much of the year, San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy has been mired in a little funk.

Peavy looks to get back on track in his first start of the second half of the season when the Padres continue their three-game series with the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Peavy (9-3, 2.19 ERA) is second in the NL in strikeouts (125) and ERA, and was selected to start Tuesday’s All-Star game in San Francisco. He had a 1.98 ERA in his first 15 starts of the season for San Diego (51-40), but has gone 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three games.

He was scheduled to start on Saturday at Arizona, but was skipped over because of sore biceps.

“We felt as though it’s probably in the best interest of Jake and the club just to push him back a couple days, let his arm rest,” Padres manager Bud Black told the team’s official Web site. “He went at it pretty hard in the first half, and his arm was getting a little weary leading up to the break, and we just felt as though the extra two days would benefit his arm.”

In the midsummer classic, he gave up one hit in one scoreless inning of the NL’s 5-4 loss.

In his last start before the break on July 5, the right-hander allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings of a 3-2 loss to Florida. He has given up a homer in each of his last two games, after allowing just one home run in his first 16 games of the season.

“I’ve got to be better than I was to win,? he said. “It’s no fun losing.?

Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets (51-41). In his last start against them, he allowed one run and four hits in seven innings of a 7-2 defeat on April 20 of last season, but did not factor in the decision.

San Diego beat New York 5-1 in Monday’s series opener, remaining one game back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Mets have a 1 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

Padres catcher Michael Barrett went 3-for-4 with three RBIs on Monday, after driving in just five runs in his first 15 games with San Diego since coming over in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on June 20. Barrett is batting .387 (12-for-31) with five doubles and eight RBIs in eight games against New York since the start of last season, and has doubled in each of his two career at-bats against Tuesday’s starter Orlando Hernandez, who looks to win consecutive starts for the first time this season.

Hernandez (5-4, 3.20) struggled in his last start before the All-Star break, but rebounded with a strong performance Thursday in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. The right-hander limited the Reds to two runs and three hits in six innings while walking three and striking out seven.

Hernandez, who has lost three of his last four road starts, is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in three career regular-season starts against the Padres.

The Mets had only one walk on Monday after drawing six in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Cincinnati.

“This offense runs best when we’re drawing some walks, having long at-bats. We didn’t do that,” said All-Star third baseman David Wright, who had three singles on Monday.

Wright is 13-for-30 (.433) during a seven-game hitting streak, and is batting .418 (23-for-55) in 14 games against the Padres since the start of the 2005 season.

While Wright has been swinging a hot bat lately, catcher Paul Lo Duca is just 3-for-24 (.125) in his last five games. He may have a tough time breaking out of his slump when he faces Peavy, whom he is batting only .190 (4-for-21) against lifetime.

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O. Hernandez Was vs. J. Peavy SF
9-5 Record 19-6
3.72 ERA 2.54
128 K 240
64 BB 68
1.17 WHIP 1.06


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