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Padres Preview: Jered Weaver vs.Taijuan Walker & the Arizona Diamondbacks

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A new series against a division rival

MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks
Hey Jered, try not to do this too much tonight.
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The NL Central-leading Brewers just mashed their way through Petco and took with them a series win. Now the Padres host another team vying for their division lead in the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres are 4-4 on the season against the D-Backs so far, and you know manager Andy Green would love to have the upper hand on his former organization. Taking a series opener off one of their better pitchers would be a great start to that.

Padres fans had all but given up on Jered Weaver entering his last start. When we expected him to get shelled like he had against the Rangers, he actually looked pretty good against the White Sox, holding them to one earned run through six innings, by far his best outing of the season. Weaver is facing a talented young pitcher who has had the “future ace” tag hung on him in the past, along with a potent offense full of thumpers, so he’ll need to do his best to repeat his strong performance from five days ago. The bullpen is well-rested, with three pitchers having at least two days’ worth of rest, so if Andy Green needs to have a quick hook, he has arms ready to go.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals
Some call that shoe color teal, but it’s more of a robin’s-egg blue to me.
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Taijuan Walker is off to a nice start this year, his first with the Diamondbacks. Acquired in the Jean Segura trade from the Mariners, Walker is racking up more strikeouts and giving up less home runs than he did in Seattle, albeit with a slight increase in his walk rate. He should have some confidence coming in to this game, as he pitched a gem against the Padres last month. On April 27th, he held the Padres to two runs in an eight-inning outing, the only extra base hits being doubles from Wil Myers and Erick Aybar and a home run from Ryan Schimpf. The Diamondbacks bullpen has been used heavily as of late, so Walker will likely get a long leash in today’s outing.

The heavy evening air should help keep the ball in the park, and a northerly wind will help knock high drives to leftfield down. Jered Weaver might need an act of God to keep the ball in the park, so let’s hope this his prayers get answered.

Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego
Online: MLB.TV