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Padres at Giants Preview

Padres to play four game series at AT&T Park vs. Giants

June 21, 2018 - 12:06 pm
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Padres vs. Giants Preview

 

The Padres are going to have to find a way to recover after back-to-back losses to the Oakland A’s at home. Following the Wednesday afternoon game, the team will fly up to San Francisco for a four-game series against the Giants.

 

Pitching Preview:

 

Thursday – 7:15 (PDT)

Tyson Ross will be on the bump for the Padres after having his expected Wednesday start pushed back when Joey Lucchesi returned from injury. In his two starts against the Giants this year, Ross has only given up one earned run. Ross will have a tough matchup, however, as he will be dueling against Madison Bumgarner. The four-time all-star has yet to get a win in his first three starts of the year. Still trying to get into the swing of things, Bumgarner is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA. 

 

Friday – 7:15 (PDT)

The Friday night matchup will feature Clayton Richard for the Padres and Chris Stratton for the Giants. Stratton has found success in his third year in the MLB. In 15 starts for the Giants, the team is 11-4. Richard is 6-6 on the year and has a 4.31 ERA.

 

Storm Brewing:

The San Francisco Giants’ lineup has seen Richard plenty of times.

-In 15 at-bats, Buster Posey is hitting .400 against Richard.

-Gorkys Hernandez, who has 16 plate appearances against the lefty, is hitting .500.

-Former Padre, Nick Hundley, is hitting .556 against Richard in nine at-bats

-Superstar, Andrew McCutchen has two home runs in six chances against Richard.

 

Fun Fact:

In games where Stratton gets four runs of support, he is 11-1. In games with less support, he is 0-3.

 

Saturday – 1:05 (PDT)

The day game on Saturday will have Jordan Lyles going up against Andrew Suarez. Suarez’s rookie year has come with ups and downs. In his last eight starts, Suarez is 1-3. He was able to strike out seven guys in his last start that resulted in a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. Suarez has a 4.70 ERA in 11 starts this year. For Lyles, it has been somewhat of a similar story. Since entering the starting rotation in May, Lyles has posted a 4.79 ERA and is 2-4. In his most recent start, Lyles gave up one earned run in seven innings to the Atlanta Braves. The Padres lost that game 1-0. This will be his first start against the division rivals.

 

Sunday – 1:05 (PDT)

The final game of the series will have the surging Eric Lauer taking on fellow rookie Dereck Rodriguez. For Lauer, he will be trying to avenge a 5-6 loss earlier in the season to the Giants. This will be Rodriguez’s first time facing the Padres. Lauer comes into this game with some mojo. In his last 21.2 innings pitched, the lefty has only given up six earned runs. He is 2-1 in the last four starts, hoisting a 2.49 ERA.

 

By the Bay:

The Giants are 21-12 in games played at home this year.

 

Big Picture:

Both teams remain in contention for the National League West title. The Giants stand at four games back and just got back their ace, Madison Bumgarner. For the Padres, the team is seven and a half games back of the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. In the last ten games, both squads are 4-6.

 

Following the series in San Francisco, the Padres will be going to Texas to take on the Rangers. The first game of that series is on Monday.