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Padres Preview 08/17: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Edwin Jackson - The Return (and the Nationals)

The Padres will welcome back a familiar face to Petco Park as the Montreal Expos Washington Nationals visit for a 4 game set.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds
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The not-Expos will be touching down in Petco Park for a 4 game set as the Padres continue their 7 game homestand tonight.

MLB: Game Two-Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals
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On the mound for the Nationals is old friend Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.86 ERA), now with his 12th team and 2nd stint in Washington. Padres fans may remember Jackson from his time in 2016 with the Friars, going 5-6 with a 5.89 ERA and playing as a stopgap in the rotation as a free-agent signing. Jackson once again is the stopgap in a Nationals rotation that has already shelved Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross. See what you can make of his stats going into tonight: Edwin Jackson has gone 0-6 with a 6.63 ERA when facing the Padres, but is 4-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 15 games while pitching at Petco Park. In any case, the Padres are hoping Cory Spangenberg stays red-hot with his new approach dedicated to the long ball. Spangs has already hit a career high 12 this season.

On the rubber for the Friars is Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06 ERA). Chacin boasts a 3-2 3.43 ERA record against the Nationals and will face a lineup with a heating-up Ryan Zimmerman (6-18, .333 against Chacin) and without All-Star Bryce Harper. Harper as you may recall is currently on the DL after suffering a nasty hyperextension of his knee. Chacin has already faced the Expos Nationals once this season, earning a no-decision after a 3 earned run, 6 strikeout in 4 13 inning effort. In his last 13 starts Chacin has pitched well to the tune of a 2.82 ERA.

The Padres will hope their sweep of the Phillies carries into success against a very good Nationals team. Tonight’s action starts at 7:10 PM Left Coast Time. I hope you’ll join me by grabbing a beverage and celebrating almost getting through another week!

Game Time: 7:10 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes (Español)
Radio: 94.9 FM, XEMO 860 (Spanish)