SAN DIEGO -- Two pitchers who struggled in their most recent starts will be paired Tuesday night at Petco Park.
Left-hander Alex Wood starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they seek a second straight win against the San Diego Padres. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell starts for the hosts.
Overall, neither is off to a fast start.
Wood has an 0-2 record with a 5.09 earned run average in three starts -- although opposing hitters are batting only .209 against him. He also has a 0.79 WHIP, allowing 14 hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
The strange stat regarding Wood is that 10 of the 14 runners who have reached base against him have scored.
Mitchell is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA in three starts. But his other numbers are not so good. In just 13 2/3 innings, Mitchell has allowed 15 hits and 14 walks -- or a WHIP of 2.12.
But both are coming off bad outings.
Against the Giants last Thursday, Mitchell gave up three runs on four hits and five walks in three innings.
And against the Athletics last Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, Wood gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Ironically, Mitchell's last outing was his shortest start since he lasted only 2 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Sept. 12, 1016, while pitching for the New York Yankees.
Mitchell's problem has been his best pitch, the curve. It is his out pitch. But he has had problems throwing it for strikes.