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The 606 - August 13, 2010
Dan Port | Friday August 13th, 2010
Lefties Richard and Sanchez collide in San Francisco on Friday. (AP)
Lefties Richard and Sanchez collide in San Francisco on Friday. (AP)

Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look at the most intriguing pitching matchup of the day, with a final prediction of the winning pitcher. You may be asking yourself "What exactly does The 606 mean? There's no major league baseball for that area code- it's in Eastern Kentucky!" BBP isn't listing players from Eastern Kentucky either. The 606 is short for 60 feet and 6 inches. If you still don't understand, I direct your attention to Official Rule 1.07 from Major League Baseball, referring to the distance from the pitching mound to home plate. Now that we've got that squared away, let's take a look at today's featured pitching matchup for Friday, August 13th.

Yesterday, Gavin Floyd started well but fell apart in the 7th inning against the Twins, posting his worst start since June 6th and ending a recent hot streak, taking a 6-1 loss.

Loss: Gavin Floyd (6.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1.95 WHIP)

The 606 Season-to-Date Record (W-L-ND): 93-82-57, 3.82 ERA (616 ER in 1451 IP)

Lefties Richard and Sanchez collide in San Francisco on Friday. (AP)

Today in the 606, a pair of NL West lefties attempt to put their respective teams one step closer to the playoffs, as the Padres take on the Giants in a division clash.

LHP Clayton Richard - SD (9-5, 3.83 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathan Sanchez - SF (8-7, 3.55 ERA)
After a red-hot start to the 2010 season that saw him finish June with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, Clayton Richard has come back to earth.  Despite a 3-1 record over his last 7 starts, Richard has allowed 52 hits and 29 earned runs in just 39 innings, good for a 6.69 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP, raising his season numbers significantly.  He's had some good starts mixed with some dreadful ones, and he's still a contributing force for the Padres as they push their way towards the post-season.  Richard will face a difficult test on Friday against another squad with the playoffs in their sights, though he's handled the Giants very well this season.  In three starts against San Francisco in 2010, Richard is 2-0 with 17 hits, 6 walks, and just 4 runs allowed in 20.1 innings, equaling a 1.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.  If he can neutralize infielder Juan Uribe, who is 5 for 11 with a homer and 3 RBI against him lifetime, he could secure a victory and brighten the playoff picture for his Padres.

Like his opponent on Friday, Giants hurler Jonathan Sanchez has had a somewhat uneven season.  Sanchez started strong in 2010, posting a 2.78 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP with just 59 hits allowed in 81 innings entering a June 20th start at the Toronto Blue Jays.  However, Sanchez has put up a 4.76 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP since then, inflating his overall numbers.  Like Richard, he's had some good outings within that span, so he's still a big part of the playoff run for San Francisco.  Both of these squads have solid rotations, and the impressive group of Giants hurlers in front of Sanchez has made him a bit of a forgotten man, but he can still post big strikeouts numbers (140 K in 132 innings this season) and dominate opponents when he's locked in.  In 3 starts against the Padres this year, Sanchez is 0-2, but has allowed just 11 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs in 21 innings, with 22 strikeouts, a 2.57 ERA, and a 0.71 WHIP.  Furthermore, his career marks against San Diego are just as solid: 71 strikeouts in 66.2 innings (16 games, 9 starts) with a 2.70 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.  If he can perform against his in-state rivals like he has in the past, he could come away with a victory on Friday night.

Final Prediction:  Jonathan Sanchez

Dan PortDan Port has been a writer and article editor for Baseball Press since the fall of 2009. He's a Wisconsin native and Los Angeles resident, as well as an aspiring novelist, moderately successful gambler, and avid craft beer aficionado. You can reach him at dan@baseballpress.com or check him out on Twitter @danport and at DanielPort.com.