Young will make his final start of the year, and try to continue his mastery over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
Young is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts versus the Pirates, but failed to get a decision in his most recent start against them on Sept. 19, 2007.
The right-hander missed nearly three full months this year with a broken nose and forearm injury but has pitched well in four starts since returning, going 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Last Saturday, the 6-foot-10 right-hander allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, and hit his first major league home run in a 6-1 rout of Washington.
“When I came back, it was a goal of mine to finish strong,” Young (6-6, 4.11 ERA) told the Padres official Web site. “I only wish I was able to get on this roll in May.”
Young is 2-3 with a 2.48 ERA at home this year, but will be looking for his first win in San Diego in more than four months. After defeating Colorado on May 11, he’s 0-2 in three starts with an ERA approaching 4.00.
Ian Snell pitched five sharp innings in his season finale before being forced to leave with a cramp in his right calf. The right-hander went 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA in his seven starts since Aug. 19.
“I’m not going to say I’m going to go and rebuild and think about it for this offseason,” Snell said. “I’m done thinking about that. I have to come back strong.”
The Pirates also ended a seven-game slide in San Diego, and improved to 5-10 at Petco Park since it opened in 2004.
Jimmy Barthmaier (0-1, 15.19) makes his first appearance against San Diego, and second career start for the Pirates (66-94). In a 6-4 victory over Houston last Saturday, the right-hander lasted three innings, and allowed two runs, five hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
“I was happy they gave me a chance to come up and throw and show them what I can do,” he told the Pirates’ official Web site. “My goal is to try and win a spot on the team, so that’s what I’ll be working for this offseason.”