Pitching vital to Padres success

They say Petco Park is a pitcher's park. Then why are the San Diego Padres starters not among the league leaders in ERA at home? They rule the road but at home are lacking. With the hitter's thinking they can't hit at home, perhaps that is the reason they are not as dominant at Petco.

While Jake Peavy is not in the top forty in the home ERA category, and no San Diego Padres hurler is, Peavy is tops in road ERA in all of Major League Baseball with a 2.28 ERA, 19 earned runs in 75 innings.

David Wells is ninth in MLB with a road ERA of 3.07 and Brian Lawrence has a road ERA of 3.86 which places him 26th in the league.

Wells, coincidentally, has allowed 277 total bases in 692 at bats, a .400 slugging percentage. He is sixth in baseball in on base percentage allowed at .280 and his strikeout to walk ratio is fifth best at 5.29 strikeouts per walk. He has allowed the first batter he faces an on base percentage of .259, sixth best in the league.

Wells has the best run support on the team as the team averages 5.73 runs per game when the lefty is on the mound. Wells has won his last six decisions.

Adam Eaton has allowed 12 sacrifice bunts this year and the Padres staff has three players in the top ten in sacrifice hits allowed, Lawrence and Wells each have given up ten. Eaton and Lawrence are also among the leaders in sacrifice flies allowed with seven apiece.

Lawrence is tied for sixth in the NL in doubles allowed with 46 and Jake Peavy has given up five triples, good for a twelfth place tie in the NL.

Eaton and Peavy have each plunked ten batters to place them among the league leaders.

Peavy is the only pitcher who is ranked among the leaders in stolen bases allowed. He has given up 14 in 24 starts. Eaton, Lawrence and Wells all rank among the best in caught stealing percentage when they are on the hill. In a poll of all starters, the three starters are all among the top twenty with Eaton leading the way – Ramon Hernandez and any other assortment of catcher when he is on the mound have thrown out five of the 11 runners attempting to steal. Lawrence leads the team in fewest stolen base attempts per baserunner with 194 baserunners attempting just seven steals. Wells, meanwhile, has picked off four baserunners at first base.

Peavy is 12th in baseball with runners in scoring position among starters. He has given up 24 hits in 118 at bats, a .203 batting average.

Lawrence is the only Padres starter not to commit an error. He has been perfect in 46 chances, which is the second most chances in the league with a perfect fielding percentage.

Lawrence is seventh in the National League in double plays, inducing 22 in 34 starts with the ground ball being a staple of his success. Linebrink, meanwhile, is the best at converting a double play situation into a double play. He has converted 12-of-64 opportunities into double plays.

Trevor Hoffman ranks four in the NL in save percentage. He has saved 39 of his 43 save opportunities. Battery mates Akinori Otsuka and Scott Linebrink are first and fourth in holds with 33 and 28, respectively.

Otsuka, Linebrink and Hoffman all rank in best batting average allowed from a reliever. Otsuka leads the pack with a .192, putting him fifth in the NL. Linebrink is holding the opposition to a .217 BA and Hoffman is holding close at .222. Otsuka gets the leadoff man out the most, allowing just nine hits in 57 at bats while Hoffman has allowed nine hits in 50 at bats.

Hoffman reverses the trend with runners on base. He is fourth best in baseball, allowing a .162 average. Linebrink buckles down allowing a.193 average and Otsuka brings up the rear in the group at .213. Linebrink is also tops, and third in the NL, against lefties, allowing them to swat just .180. Otsuka is not far behind, allowing them to hit .202.

Ironically, it is Eddie Oropesa who has the fourth best average in all of baseball with runners in scoring position at .083 in 12 at bats. Hoffman is fifth best allowing just four hits in 44 at bats, a .091 average. Hoffman is also fourth best in baseball in runners allowed per nine innings among relievers at 8.8.

Stats compiled through Monday

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