The Padres are back on the west coast and almost home again, but first they'll stop in Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers this weekend before returning to Petco Park. The Dodgers, whose 81-33 record going into this series leads all of Major League Baseball, will be tough to beat. But even as an ever-fervent Tank proponent, I hope the Padres find it in themselves to add to the Dodgers' loss total this weekend.
Kicking things off on the mound tonight will be Clayton Richard, who has faced L.A in his career more than any other team. In his 22 appearances (20 starts) against them, he has gone 7-6 with a 4.13 ERA. But he lost both of his previous starts against them this season. In 9 1/3 combined innings, he gave up 12 earned runs on 16 hits walking 10 batters and striking out eight.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill, on the other hand, won both of his 2017 starts against the Padres, totaling 12 innings of work with only one run allowed on six hits and four walks, plus 16 strikeouts to his credit. With those two performances he improved to 3-3 with a 3.90 ERA all-time against San Diego (six career starts).
Game time: 7:10 pm PT
Radio: FM 94.9, XEMO 860 (Sp.)