By Matt Snyder
With Mat Latos down and reportedly even DL-bound , the Padres were forced to look elsewhere for an opening day starter. Friday, manager Bud Black revealed it would be Tim Stauffer getting the ball against the Cardinals this coming Thursday. (San Diego Union-Tribune )
"I really like the way Stauf has thrown the ball this spring," Black told the Union-Tribune. "It's dovetailed with the way he threw the ball at the end of last year. He's in a good frame of mind leading into the start."
Stauffer, a 28-year-old right-hander, has a 3.66 ERA in 19 2/3 spring innings. He sports an impressive 14:3 K:BB rate, too.
He had a very solid 2010 campaign. Until September 6, he was a member of the Padres' bullpen, but started his last six appearances. He went 3-2 with a 2.10 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 22 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings as a starter. On the season, he had a 1.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings.
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