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Jason Marquis thriving for Padres after being released by Twins with 8.47 ERA

Jun 19, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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Jason Marquis was about as bad as a pitcher can be for the Twins, posting an 8.47 ERA with more walks than strikeouts and a .371 opponents’ batting average in 34 innings.

Minnesota released him six weeks into a $3 million contract and Marquis signed a minor-league deal with the Padres, reported to Double-A for one start, and then joined San Diego’s rotation in what looked like a desperation move.

So naturally he’s thrown three consecutive Quality Starts for the Padres, the latest of which included 10 strikeouts in seven innings of two-run ball against the Rangers and their AL-leading offense last night. Marquis had a grand total of 12 strikeouts in seven starts for the Twins.

Marquis and his agent made a good choice, because in addition to switching from the AL to the NL calling the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark home gives him the best chance to be useful for the Padres. That might explain him being a somewhat decent back-of-the-rotation starter again, but how in the world does he go from a total mess to shutting down one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball while racking up double-digit strikeouts for the first time since 2001?

If anyone has an answer to that question you can find me talking to my Al Newman bobblehead doll while crying into my Homer Hanky.

  1. Cris E - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    SSS

    It’s three starts in a huge park, and it was only a month in MIN. He started the year totally distracted by his daughter’s medical situation, and he’s highly motivated now to succeed.

    All that said, by the end of the year his numbers will look a lot like his numbers from last year, perhaps marred by the poor start. There are many months to go.

  2. beefytrout - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I can tell you this, he had great movement on his stuff last night. The Rangers lineup was flailing away for the majority of the game.

  3. wlschneider09 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Sigh….

  4. fearlessleader - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Obviously it’s because Craig was there last night tweeting smack about Marquis. Jason’s PEPDB (Pitcher Efficacy in the Presence of Disdainful Bloggers) factor is astronomical.

  5. fmlizard - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Johan Santana
    R.A. Dickey
    Kyle Lohse
    Matt Garza
    Padres Jason Marquis

    Throw in Mr. Perfect Phil Humber in long relief and Joe Nathan closing. Scott Diamond also gets to play too.

    Not a bad staff of ex-Twins this year.

    • Bryz - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Except Scott Diamond is still with the Twins. In fact, he’s starting tonight against the Pirates.

      • fmlizard - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        I know…he has been the only actual Twin worth using on that staff. Or any staff.

  6. irish412 - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Remember it is the National League, and a monster ballpark.

    • fearlessleader - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Two of his last three starts have been against AL teams. The Mariners may not be much of an offensive threat, but the Rangers surely are.

  7. El Bravo - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    “Back-to-the-rotation” was a pretty good Michael j. Fox movie.

  8. rooney24 - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    As a Twins fan, I wish Marquis had been able to pitch like that for the Twins. But, I wish him well with the Padres. The Twins aren’t a playoff team this year, so will actually be better served letting the young guys pitch and develop anyway. Diamond has become as much of an ace as the Twins have, and a couple of the other young guys have shown some flashes. They just need to develop more.

  9. gloccamorra - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Against a more patient-hitting team, Marquis would have had more walks than strikeouts. The Rangers were flailing at pitches with movement, but many were outside the strike zone by a fair margin. In addition to being airport-sized with dead air, Petco also has a funky dark blue stepped batter’s eye flanked by green bushes, recessed behind a black CF fence.

    It was the first visit ever for the Rangers team and most of its hitters. Let’s see how the Rangers hit Wednesday afternoon when the air is drier and the ball travels better, and they’re more accustomed to the background.

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