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Padres vs. Mets Series Preview

Padres Prepare to Take on Mets

Bo Templin
July 23, 2018 - 11:08 am
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Padres vs. Mets Preview

The Padres will continue their road trip on the east coast with a three game series against the New York Mets. The team split a double header yesterday with the Phillies before heading to New York.

Neither team is contending for a playoff seed at this point in the season. The Mets are 14 games back of the Phillies and the Padres are 15.5 games back of the Dodgers.

Pitching Preview:

Monday 4:10 (PDT)

The New York Mets starting rotation is a complete disaster after one of their elite pitchers, Noah Syndergaard, went to the DL with a case of hand, foot, and mouth disease. The team is yet to announce any of the starting pitchers for the series other than Jacob deGrom, who will be starting today. deGrom has been the centerpiece of many trade talks across the league and is expected to get dealt soon. Eric Lauer will be on the mound for the Padres in game one, later today. His five earned runs against the Cubs is the most he has given up in a game since his May 28th outing against the Marlins. Lauer hasn’t walked more than two batters in any outing since June 8th. 

Tuesday 4:10 (PDT)

Joey Lucchesi will be given the nod on Tuesday to start against the Mets. Lucchesi is 4-5 on the year and holds a respectable 3.34 ERA. Despite giving up six hits in his most recent start against the Dodgers, he was able to hold that lineup to just two runs. Over his last four starts, Lucchesi has a 1.96 ERA.

Wednesday:

The final game of the series will feature Clayton Richard on the mound for the Padres. Richard has struggled of late, allowing 18 walks in the previous four games. He only allowed 17 walks for the months of May and June. Richard hopes to improve his 7-9 record and get closer to the .500 mark.

Richard’s Rival:

In seven plate appearances against Richard, Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .571.

The Padres are 1-3 against the Mets this year. Jacob deGrom was particularly good in that series, going into the eighth inning without surrendering a run in the series opener.

The Padres will travel home on Thursday before hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks for a weekend series.