The two starters have experienced their share of frustration this month.
The good news for Garland and Marcum is they have a chance to break out of their respective slumps in Monday night’s opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.
Garland (6-4, 2.81 ERA) was given two runs over his first three outings and started 0-2. He bounced back with a six-game win streak and a 1.73 ERA over his next eight starts.
The right-hander’s run ended June 5 in Philadelphia as he gave up six runs and 10 hits over seven innings of a 6-2 loss. He then came out on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat Thursday against the Mets as his teammates managed only one hit in the finale of a doubleheader.
“I thought Jon threw the ball fine,” manager Bud Black told the Padres’ website. “He just got outpitched.”
Garland is hoping for better support against the Blue Jays, a team he’s 11-2 against in 16 career starts.
Marcum, meanwhile, got nine runs while going 0-1 over his first five starts, but went 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in six May starts. This month, he’s 0-2 with an 8.03 ERA.
The right-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits over a season-high 8 1-3 innings June 2 against Tampa Bay but followed with an even worse outing versus the Rays on Wednesday. Marcum was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits over four innings of a 10-1 defeat - his first road loss this season.
“I went back in and looked at the film. I made some pretty good pitches. They found a way to put a barrel on the ball,” Marcum told the Blue Jays’ website.
Given his team’s recent hitting struggles, Marcum might not have much room for error in his first start against San Diego (37-26). He could be in for a tough duel with Garland, who is 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA at home this season.
The Blue Jays (34-30) have batted .163 and been outscored 41-13 over their last seven games. Adam Lind’s(notes) 4-for-33 slump over the last 10 contests has played a part, and Vernon Wells(notes) is 2 for 18 (.111) during the team’s 1-5 start to their nine-game road trip.
Toronto scored its only runs in Sunday’s 10-3 loss at Colorado in the third inning, but the Rockies matched the Blue Jays’ output in the bottom of the frame en route to a three-game sweep.
Luke Gregerson(notes) gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth to snap a 13 2-3 inning scoreless streak, but the Padres’ bullpen still boasts a major league-best 2.53 ERA and a 1.10 mark over the last 15 games.
“We feel good at the game goes on in a close game,” Black told the Padres’ website.
Black’s club has also felt good at Petco lately, having won four straight home series and seven of 11 this season.
The Padres dropped two of three at home in their only previous matchup with the Blue Jays from June 18-20, 2004.