While the San Diego Padres have enjoyed some success in Florida in recent years, it’s been at home where they’ve struggled to beat the Marlins.
Looking to improve their home play in the series, the Padres try for a fifth consecutive victory overall against the Marlins on Thursday night.
San Diego (55-70) has won nine of its last 11 meetings with Florida, but both losses came during the only series played at Petco Park during that span in 2010. Since the start of the 2006 season, the Padres are 15-6 and riding an eight-game winning streak at Florida, but are just 5-11 against the Marlins at home.
It’s been a struggle for the Padres to beat anybody at Petco while losing 11 of 16 since sweeping Kansas City from June 27-29 for their last winning home series.
San Diego, however, might finally end their home struggles overall and against the Marlins (57-66) if they play like the team that outscored Florida 23-6 in a three-game road sweep July 19-21.
Former Marlin Cameron Maybin(notes) went 9 for 15 with three RBIs in that series, but is 5 for 33 (.152) with nine strikeouts and a solo homer for his only RBI in his last eight home contests. He had one of San Diego’s seven hits in a 7-3 home loss to New York on Wednesday.
Scheduled Padres starter Tim Stauffer(notes) (7-9, 3.53 ERA) looks to bounce back from his worst outing of the season when he takes the mound in the opener. The right-hander allowed a season-high nine runs and tied a club record by yielding five homers in three innings of a 13-1 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday.
“Just one of those games that it’s really hard to explain,” Stauffer said. “You never expect to be embarrassed out there, and that’s what happened.”
Stauffer has pitched much better while allowing an earned run over 12 innings while going 1-0 in two starts against the Marlins. He gave up four hits in six innings of a 4-0 win at Florida on July 19.
Marlins slugger Mike Stanton(notes) is 0 for 4 against Stauffer, but can join White Sox All-Star Paul Konerko(notes) as the only players to homer in five consecutive games this season if he hits one Thursday. Stanton belted his 29th as Florida lost for the 11th time in 13 games Wednesday, 12-5 at Colorado.
All but one of Stanton’s hits in 15 at-bats over the last four games have left the park. He has one home run while batting .222 in eight games versus San Diego.
Scheduled Florida starter Javier Vazquez(notes) (7-10, 4.68) has gone seven innings in three of his last four starts and has a 2.00 ERA during that span, but just a 1-1 record to show for it. The right-hander allowed three runs and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts but his teammates recorded just three hits off Tim Lincecum(notes) in a 3-0 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.
“It’s disappointing always when you do a good job out there (and lose),” Vazquez told the Marlins’ official website.
Though Vazquez gave up five runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to San Diego on July 21, he is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts at Petco Park.