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San Diego Padres Inside Pitch 2009-05-05

San Diego Padres Inside Pitch 2009-05-05
The Padres' bullpen is pathetic.

There is no way to sugarcoat the facts. Not even Bud Black, the Padres' manager and a former pitching coach, can talk around the obvious.

"I think what you need on any given night is the consistency from man to man, especially if you go to the bullpen early. It didn't happen (Monday night)," Black said.

It hasn't happened over the last 10 games.

Cla Meredith served up a grand slam to the first hitter he faced Monday night, the Rockies' Chris Iannetta, as the Padres' bullpen woes mounted.

The San Diego bullpen Monday allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings -- meaning that in 34 2/3 innings over the last 10 games, Padres relievers have given up 33 runs... but only 31 earned. That's an 8.05 ERA -- and remember, the Padres' bullpen had the lowest ERA in the major leagues after 10 games.

No more, the Padres' bullpen ERA is now 4.88.

Meredith is the perfect example of what has gone wrong. The submarine-throwing sinker-ball specialist is supposed to get the first hitter he faces in tight situations. Well, seven of the eight runners he's inherited have scored and the first hitters he's faced have reached base 50 percent of the time.

ROCKIES 9, PADRES 6: Colorado catcher Chris Iannetta has two career grand slams after Monday night's decisive seventh-round shot against Padres reliever Cla Meredith. And both have come against the Padres, although Monday's was the first slam Meredith has allowed as a Padre. The Padres have now lost six straight and 12 of 14 going into Tuesday's match against a Rockies pitcher who has devoured them (Aaron Cook is 12-4 against the Padres and 5-1 at Petco Park with a 1.69 ERA).

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Added: May 5, 2009

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