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Padres Preview: 05/08 Andrew Cashner looks to close out the series with a win

The Padres hope to end the series, and their homestand, with a nice Mother's Day victory.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres lost game 3 against the Mets last night, but they still have a chance to take the series. A victory in today's finale would give them their third consecutive series win in a row.

Andrew Cashner will get the ball to try to improve his record to 3-2 on the season. The right-hander has had some ups and downs this season, but he's also gotten some relatively good run support from the Padres offense, something they've failed to give him in the past. In only one of his starts - his 2016 debut against the Dodgers - did the Padres fail to put any runs on the board for him. In each of his other five outings he got four or more (and as many as nine) runs from his teammates.

But it'll take more than just the Padres putting up the runs for Cashner. He'll need to quiet the Mets bats, especially after they combined for six runs on nine hits (including four homers) last night. The right-hander has made eight career appearances (three starts) against New York, compiling an 0-2 record and 6.35 ERA all-time. Two of those starts happened in 2015, when Cashner gave up a combined 13 runs (ten earned) through ten innings.

As for Mets starter, Matt Harvey, he's had some mixed results against the Padres in his career, going 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA through three starts against them. He combined for 18 innings and collected 21 strikeouts in those three starts. He hasn't faced them since 2013, however, and that was before he underwent Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander hasn't been his sharpest in 2016, but he'll try to turn it around and help the Mets come out of the series with a split. His last time out, Harvey went 5 2/3 innings against the Braves, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks.

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK METS SAN DIEGO PADRES
Curtis Granderson - RF Jon Jay - CF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Wil Myers - 1B
Michael Conforto - LF Matt Kemp - RF
Yoenis Cespedes - CF Brett Wallace - 3B
Lucas Duda - 1B Melvin Upton Jr. - LF
Neil Walker - 2B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Kevin Plawecki - C Christian Bethancourt - C
Eric Campbell - 3B Adam Rosales - 2B
Matt Harvey - RHP Andrew Cashner - RHP

Game time: 1:40 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860 (Sp.)
TV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)