Durable rotation sees production

Durable rotation sees production

CHICAGO -- The Padres already have three pitchers with 10 or more victories and could add another if Monday's pitcher, Kevin Correia, defeats the Cubs.

Clayton Richard (10-5), became the third Padres pitcher to win 10 games this season. The others are Jon Garland (11-8), and Mat Latos (12-5).

This is the first time since 2006 the Padres have had at least three pitchers reach double figures in victories. That season, Clay Hensley, Jake Peavy, Woody Williams and Chris Young won 10 or more games.

The 2006 team, of course, was the last Padres team to win the National League West.

The Padres have used only seven different starting pitchers this season. Young got one start in April before suffering a shoulder injury, and Tim Stauffer made a spot start in May in Houston.

"The thing that I've been most pleased with is the reliability of the five guys," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The durability and reliability speaks volumes. It's a good sign of stability."