With a day off to reflect on Aubrey Huff’s trainwreck of a weekend in right field against the Dodgers, Bruce Bochy has decided to stay the course. The lineup for this evening’s game in San Diego:
CF: Andres Torres
2B: Freddy Sanchez
RF: Aubrey Huff
C: Buster Posey
3B: Pablo Sandoval
LF: Pat Burrell
1B: Brandon Belt
SS: Miguel Tejada
P: Madison Bumgarner
On the one hand, Petco Park’s outfield is cavernous, so this could be even worse than the Dodgers series. On the other hand, how many Padres hitters can actually get the ball out to the outfield?
Long-time rotation mainstay Tom Koehler was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and reliever Hunter Cervenka was recalled, the Marlins announced.
Koehler, 31, made 131 starts out of the Marlins’ rotation over the last five years, but his 12 this season have not been good, so the club hopes he can figure things out with a stint in the minors. He’s carrying a 7.92 ERA with a 44/29 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. Koehler battled bursitis in his right shoulder in May and June, which may partially explain his struggles.
Cervenka, 27, posted a 4.50 ERA with a 34/21 K/BB ratio in 34 innings of relief with New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season, but compiled a 3.53 ERA over 43 1/3 innings in the bigs last year in the Marlins’ bullpen.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.