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Padres Preview: Luis Perdomo vs. Max Scherzer & the Washington Nationals

A future ace faces a current ace

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To say that Dinelson Lamet was impressive in his MLB debut is an understatement. He showed confidence and poise on the mound, his stuff was excellent, and he had command throughout his outing. Now the team has traveled down the Atlantic coast to Washington, DC where they will kick off a three-game weekend series against the Nationals. It’s Luis Perdomo’s turn to take the hill for the Friars today.

For Perdomo, there’s nowhere else to go but up. His last start was one of the worst outings of his MLB career, giving up five runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Now he needs to bounce back from that awful outing against a lineup that includes Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon, and a host of other potent bats. He can draw on a good memory from last year, when his July 22 start against the Nats was one of his best outings of the year, as he held them to two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings.

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Chris Sale would have cut these uniforms up.
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Unfortunately for the Padres, Max Scherzer is having another Max Scherzer season. He’s posting a career high strikeout rate, but he has been susceptible to the occasional long ball. He took a liner to the knee in his last start, but he finished the game and has had no lasting effects. Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte have had success off Scherzer in the past, so maybe they can share their notes with the rest of the gang.

Weather was a factor last night in New York, but it should be clear in DC tonight. The Nationals have opened up a 6.5 game lead in the NL East, while the Padres are in the cellar as they trail the Colorado Rockies by a margin twice that wide. The team gets to try to play the spoiler. Look for Perdomo to go toe-to-toe with one of the best pitchers in the league as he puts his ugly start behind him.

Start time: 4:05PM PDT
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TV: Fox Sports San Diego
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