Hebner RHP (--)
Kubitza RHP (6-1, 2.37)
WELCOME BACK: Right-hander Cody Hebner is reunited with his former team. He made 25 appearances, 20 of them starts, as a TinCap in 2012. His numbers weren’t great – 7-7 with a 5.01 ERA – and the Padres turned Hebner into a reliever. That’s what he’s been in 2013 and most of this year with high-A Lake Elsinore. Now, Hebner gets a second chance at being a starter.
“I really haven’t seen Cody much at all,” first-year TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “I saw him a little bit at spring training over the last couple years, but personally I haven’t seen a whole lot out of him. He’s here to start and have a chance to throw more pitches versus being in the bullpen at Lake Elsinore. It’ll be a chance for him to develop his pitches and hopefully get into a rhythm and finish strong.”
This is Hebner’ first game with the TinCaps since Game 3 of the Midwest League Championship Series on Sept. 15, 2012.
R-I-S-P: In their last 68 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the TinCaps have only 12 hits, a .176 average. For the season, they bat .291 in those situations.
“I think there’s more of a mental approach,” Collins said. “The pitcher is going to get a little bit tougher or a little bit nastier because he doesn’t want to give up a run. So maybe you need to shift the focus slightly, all things we speak about constantly with the players, taking good, solid approaches. For the most part, we’re trying to have the same approach regardless of the situation so we’re not changing as we go.”