SAN DIEGO — Prior to Friday night’s game at Petco Park, manager Bud Black talked about momentum. Specifically, how the momentum of starting pitching can get a team back on track.
Black was talking about his own Rockies, who had just won a rare road series by taking two of three games at San Francisco. But Friday night, Big Mo showed up as Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, who’s pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate.
“Joe’s got a complete arsenal. He’s a true four-pitch guy and a competitor,” said Rockies outfielder and first baseman Connor Joe, who saw his 35-game on-base streak end with an 0-for-4 night.
Musgrove has a 1.50 ERA through 11 starts and has allowed two or fewer earned runs, and pitched at least six innings in all of his starts. He’s nearly matching Jake Peavy’s start in 2007, the year Peavy won the National League Cy Young Award in Black’s first season as the Padres’ manager. Through his first 11 starts that season, Peavy had a 1.47 ERA.