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Game 6 Preview: 04/11 Padres vs. Giants

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Just in case you haven't had enough pitchers' duels yet this series, tonight the Padres will send James Shields to the mound to square off against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in game 3 of the four-game set.

These two met twice in the 2014 postseason. Bumgarner had the edge over Shields in both of those outings, but this is a brand new year (an odd year, might I add) and these are two virtually brand new teams. Four of the players from that 2014 team who got hits off Shields in the World Series are absent from this year's lineup, having either gone on the disabled list or parted ways with the Giants. And as we all know, the Padres roster is made up of mostly new players acquired during the offseason.

Shilelds was impressive in the 2015 season opener at Dodger Stadium. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks through six innings of work, striking out eight Dodgers along the way. While tonight won't be his first time pitching at Petco Park, it'll be his first in a Padres uniform. Last May he made his Petco Park debut as a member of the Royals, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing seven hits en route to a win.

Madison Bumgarner is of course even less of a stranger to the San Diego ballpark. In nine career games at Petco, he is 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA. He's 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 18 total career games (17 starts) against San Diego. The Friars only faced him once all last year, but they made it count. In a game at AT&T Park last April, Bumgarner gave yielded five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings of work in a loss.