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Athletics vs Padres Series Preview

Mini two game home stand versus Oakland will feature the return of Ted Leitner behind the mic on 973 The Fan

June 18, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Padres vs. A’s Series Preview

Great News for Padres fans is the return of the voice of the Padres Ted Leitner who will be back behind the Mic for these two games versus Oakland.   


The San Diego Padres are looking to bounce back after their first series loss in June. They will be hosting the Oakland A’s for a two-game home series.


Pitching Preview:


With first pitch at 7:10 (PDT), Eric Lauer hopes to continue what he found in his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lauer went into the 6th inning and held the dangerous Cardinals lineup to two runs. On Tuesday, Lauer will be going up against newcomer, Paul Blackburn. This will only be Blackburn’s third start of the year, with all of them coming in June. Multiple injuries to the pitching staff have forced Blackburn into this role. Blackburn is 1-1 in his two starts with an 11.05 ERA. Lauer is 3-4 in 10 starts and has a 6.20 ERA.


The Wednesday matchup, starting at 12:40 (PDT), will have Tyson Ross on the mound for the Padres. Ross gave up only three hits in his last outing, but it resulted in a loss to the Braves. Ross will be facing the right-hander, Frankie Montas. Montas’ 2.67 ERA has resulted in a 3-1 record in four starts. In Montas’ most recent start; he gave up 11 hits and five earned runs to the Houston Astros.


Fun Fact:

This will be Lauer’s first career start against a team from the American League. In his last three starts, Lauer is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA.


Worth Watching:

Tyson Ross will have to contain A’s outfielder, Khris Davis, at the plate. In seven at-bats against Ross, Davis is hitting .571 and has one home run.


Who Knew?

In his last 13 games, Cory Spangenberg is hitting .341 with three home runs. This season, Spangenberg has found success when getting ahead of the count. In at-bats with a 1-0 count, Spangenberg is hitting .600.


The Padres will head back on the road Thursday for a series in San Francisco and then Texas.