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Padres at Braves Preview

San Diego finishes long road trip in Atlanta

June 14, 2018 - 5:42 pm

San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves Series Preview


The Padres start a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. The series ends a 10 game road trip for the Padres.


Although the Padres still find themselves in last place in the division, the team is only five and a half games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.


The Braves lead the NL East division by one game over the Washington Nationals. The team is 39-28 on the year but is 5-5 in their last 10 games.


Worth Noting:


The Padres have won five consecutive series after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals last night in the third game of that series. In the last 30 days, Eric Hosmer has hit a remarkable .320 at the plate. It is no coincidence that the Padres have seen a stream of success in that time span.


Expected Starting Pitchers:


Tyson Ross is the expected starter for the 4:35 (PDT) game this afternoon against the Braves. For Atlanta, Anibal Sanchez will be starting on the mound. The Padres hope to provide the first loss on the season for Sanchez, who is 2-0 on the year in five starts.


Ross has been rumored to be potential trade bait when the MLB trade deadline rolls around.  Ross’ improved health has allowed him to already surpass his innings pitched from the last two years combined. He is 5-3 on the year with a 3.43 ERA.


Tomorrow’s 4:35 (PDT) matchup will feature the hot-handed Clayton Richard, who had a no-hitter bid during his previous start. In his last seven starts, Richard is 4-2 and has a 3.04 ERA. The Braves starting pitcher is TBA.  


Fun Fact:


The Padres have yet to throw a no-hitter in the franchise history. Since making Atlanta their home in 1965, the Braves have thrown three no-hitters with their most recent coming in 1994. Kent Mercker was the starting pitcher that day in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


On Saturday, Jordan Lyles will be getting the nod at 2:10 (PDT). Since entering the starting rotation, Lyles has had some struggles. Despite the team going 4-3 in that time, Lyles has posted a 5.40 ERA.


Both starters are TBA for the Sunday day game. That one will begin at 10:35 (PDT).


The Padres will have a travel day on Monday before they take on the Oakland A’s on Tuesday at home for a two-game series.