Let’s get this straight. After Tuesday’s games, the Padres trail the division leading San Francisco Giants by one game. The Colorado Rockies have fallen off the pace and realistically out of the race. The Rockies are 5 games back in the division and 4.5 games back in the wildcard.
The slumping Atlanta Braves (88-69) got a big win last night and are the current wild card leaders. Every game the Braves, the Padres and the Giants play looks and feels like a playoff game.
Tim Hudson (16-9, 2.84) will take the hill for Bobby Cox and try to keep the speedy Florida Marlins in check. Florida will pitch Anibal Sanchez (12-11, 3.60). Hudson is pitching on short rest but has performed well in the past in pressure games. Tonight, the Braves use their home field advantage to unnerve another young pitcher.
The weak hitting San Diego Padres will try to bounce back after being shutout by Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs last night. Ryan Dempster (14-11, 3.87) was rocked by the Giants the last time out but San Diego is not the Giants. The Padres will counter with ace Matt Latos (1-8, 2.91). Tonight, San Diego gets just enough help to hold their position in the pennant race.
The biggest and badest team in the West is San Francisco. They are hungry, home and feeling good. Tonight they face the Arizona Diamondbacks who would just as soon call it a season. Rodrigo Lopez (7-14, 5.04) will try to keep the Gants in check, but it will not be easy. There is pennant fever in San Fran. Emotional Jonathan Sanchez (13-11, 3.59) will carry the ball and Giants flame. Looks like an easy Giant victory and one step closer to the title.