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Padres name Lauer Opening Day Starter

Eric Lauer will make first career Opening Day Start

Braden Surprenant
March 24, 2019 - 11:09 am

The San Diego Padres have officially announced Eric Lauer as their Opening Day Starter on Sunday morning. Lauer will be dueling against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants on Thursday at Petco Park, which will be the first Opening Day start of his career.

Lauer made his Major League debut just a season ago on April 24 against the Colorado Rockies, and not even a year later is now the Opening Day starter which is an impressive accomplishment for the 23 year-old left-hander. Despite having a less than stellar debut, Lauer was able to finish the 2018 season strong allowing only three runs in his last five starts. He finished his first season in the big leagues with a (6-7) record and a 4.34 ERA. He also struck out 100 batters while allowing 46 walks, over 112 innings pitched.

Last Season, Eric Lauer faced the Giants three times and posted a 3.94 ERA over 16 innings in which he struck out 14 batters. This Spring, Lauer did not allow a run over 10 innings pitched in the three games he pitched.

The Padres also announced today that Joey Lucchesi will be the next starter in the series, starting on Friday against San Francisco. Lucchesi, like Lauer, also made his debut a year ago and as a rookie went (8-9) with a 4.08 ERA and 145 strike outs over 130 innings pitched.

Against the Giants, the 25 year-old left-hander was (1-0) with a 3.27 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 11 innings pitched. This Spring, Lucchesi went (2-0) with a 3.21 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 14 innings in four starts.

Although the Padres have not officially announced who is starting the rest of Opening Weekend on the mound, some reporters have their speculations, as seen below, but we shall see who the friars roll out their in the next couple days.