Pirates vs Padres Series Preview

Padres return to Petco Park for a three game set with the Pirates

June 28, 2018 - 3:57 pm
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Series Preview 

By Bo Templin

 

 

After losing two out of three games to the Texas Rangers, the San Diego Padres will come home for a weekend series against the Pittsburg Pirates. Both of the teams find themselves on the outside looking in on their respective division races. The Pirates, who are eight and a half games back of the Brewers, and the Padres, who are 11.5 games back of the Diamondbacks, are both desperate for wins.

 

Pitching Preview:

 

Friday 7:10 (PDT)

The series opener on Friday evening was expected to have Eric Lauer on the mound, but that has now changed. The Padres are unsure who will start for them, but whoever it is will be facing Joe Musgrove. The right-hander is winless in the month of June, going 0-3. Musgrove is 2-3 on the year and has a 4.59 ERA.  In Musgroves’ last four starts the team is 0-4. During that span, he has a 7.45 ERA.

 

Saturday 7:10 (PDT)

For the second game of the series, Eric Lauer will be battling against Trevor Williams. Lauer has been spectacular in his three most recent starts. Since June 13th, Lauer has a 1.53 ERA and given up three walks. Williams started the season on fire, hoisting a 2.29 ERA over his first six starts. Despite his sub-par month of June, Williams has struck out 13 batters in his last two starts.

 

Homegrown:

Joe Musgrove is a graduate of Grossmont High School in El Cajon. He won a World Series ring during his time with the Houston Astros. Like Musgrove, Trevor Williams is also a local product. Williams played baseball at Rancho Bernardo High School and graduated in 2010.

 

 

Sunday 1:05 (PDT)

After a poor return from injury, young left-hander Joey Lucchesi seemed to have found his groove during his most recent start. Lucchesi is looking to get his record to 4-3 on Sunday. In order to do so, he will have to outduel Jameson Taillon. The Pirate pitcher has settled down as of late. In his six most recent starts, Taillon has a 3.13 ERA and has only given up three home runs.

 

Promising:

After a tough start to the season, young gun Manny Margot has been stellar. In his last 30 games, Margot is hitting .313 and has 13 extra base hits.

 

Patience:

Wil Myers is still trying to find his mojo since returning from the disabled list. In the last seven games, Myers only has one run batted in and four base hits total.

 

 

The Padres will have a travel day on Monday before facing the Oakland A’s for a two-game series in Oakland.