The Padres will wrap up their four-game set against the Diamondbacks this afternoon, and a series win would be just what they need before heading to Seattle for the remainder of the road trip.
Andrew Cashner has lost three starts in a row, but tonight he'll try to put an end to that streak. Altogether this season, he's been solid, though not at the level we've seen him in the past, and he has run into some bad luck. His 3.16 ERA and general performance have been much better than his 1-5 record would suggest.
One thing Cashner has had going for him is the strikeout. That's actually been a strength for the Padres pitching staff as a whole this season, and going into today's game they lead the majors with 183 combined strikeouts. Thirty-nine of those have come from Cashner, who ranks 10th in the NL in strikeouts. Hopefully he can add on a bunch this afternoon at Chase Field. The Padres will be looking to him to go deep into the game today after last night's 12-inning affair.
The Dbacks are in a bit worse of a position after that game, having originally planned for a "starter-by-committee" situation for the series finale. With Archer Bradley out of the rotation and back-to-back rainouts in Colorado last week, Arizona's pitching has been thrown out of whack. So today they will turn to reliever Daniel Hudson to make the spot start and try to salvage series split. In nine relief appearances this year, Hudson is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA.