The Seattle Mariners have gotten some strong efforts from their
starting pitchers, but inclement weather has kept Erik Bedard from
Weather shouldn’t be much of a factor as Bedard attempts to
record his first official start in 12 days on Friday night against
the San Diego Padres.
Seattle’s starters have a 2.33 ERA over the last 16 games and
have pitched at least seven innings in 11 of those contests,
including the last six.
“It’s been outstanding. That’s the only word I can think of,”
manager Eric Wedge said following Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Los
Angeles Angels. “Consistently getting us deep into ball games. Each
starter focusing on what they need to do and doing their job and
doing the work in between starts so when they go out there they are
giving themselves an opportunity to be at their best.”
The Mariners (19-24) capitalized on those performances to win
three times during a four-game homestand, allowing five runs over
that stretch, but they’ve dropped five straight on the road.
Another stellar effort from Bedard (1-4, 4.78 ERA) could help
snap that skid. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last
three starts, but recorded just two outs Saturday in Cleveland
before the rains came.
Instead of altering their rotation, the Mariners decided to give
the oft-injured pitcher some time off in the early season.
“Obviously with Bedard, we’re going to be a little more careful
with him,” Wedge told the team’s website.
After plenty of rest, Bedard will face a Padres team that’s an
NL-worst 8-15 at home. He’s also 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three
career starts against San Diego, which avoided a third straight
In his return from the disabled list, Orlando Hudson hit a
sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give his team a 1-0 victory
“It feels good, not just for myself, but for the whole team,”
San Diego (19-25), though, has scored just four runs in its last
three games after totaling 45 during a 4-1 stretch.
If Mat Latos can duplicate his most recent start, the Padres
might not need much scoring. The right-hander gave up two runs and
four hits over 5 2-3 innings Sunday in Colorado to snap a 10-game
“It takes some weight off of his shoulders,” manager Bud Black
said. “But it is one game that we can build off and gain
confidence. … Hopefully, it will let him exhale a little bit and
he can move forward on those things that he needs to continue to
Latos (1-5, 4.38) is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three interleague
games and earned one of those wins in Seattle on May 23, giving up
one run over six innings in an 8-1 victory.
The Padres won four of six over the Mariners in 2010 and have
claimed three of four at Petco Park after losing 10 in a row.