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Padres Preview: Luis Perdomo vs. Robbie Ray & the Arizona Diamondbacks

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Last night started off ugly. Now it’s time for the Padres to turn it around.

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If there was ever a demonstration of how not to start a series, last night was it. It’s easy to joke about Jered Weaver, but he’s had a long career of excellence, and it’s a shame to see him get embarrassed like that. He’s proving to be an example of accountability for the rest of the team, but it certainly seems like it’s time to move on to the next phase of his career. While he ponders such things, the team needs to move on to the next phase of this three-game series against the Diamondbacks. A win is needed to day to have a chance at a series win.

Luis Perdomo has rolled off four consecutive six-inning starts of three earned runs or less. He’s tasked with going as deep into this game as he can, as the bullpen was emptied to handle the balance of yesterday’s game. Ground balls are key against a powerful lineup. It’s time to see what this kid is made of when the team really needs him to turn in a quality performance.

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I’d like to see Robbie Ray look befuddled today.
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Robbie Ray could be the Ryan Schimpf of baseball. His K% is high, his BB% is high, and he gives up his share of home runs. If the Padres can beat him up a little early on, they might be able to work an early lead and chase him out of the game. As with every game, patience and pitch selection are key.

Last night’s loss was defeating in many ways. Nobody enjoys that kind of beat-down (unless it’s the Dodgers losing in Petco, which is kinda different), so you know the coaching staff will put some extra vinegar into today’s game. They could use an uplifting win, so cheer loud for those friars!

Start time: 7:10PM PDT
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TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego
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