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Padres ST 2018: Game Preview/Thread 03/05 vs. D-Backs

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Dinelson Lamet will get the start against the Diamondbacks.

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Dinelson Lamet is slated to take the start in today’s Spring Training action against NL West rival Arizona in Peoria.

Lamet last pitched on Wednesday and got through 2 innings of work, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a home run. Outside of the standard numbers (which you shouldn’t read too hard into during ST) Lamet has looked good so far, utilizing the slider for strikeouts (2 so far) and working on a third pitch (a changeup, though some reports have said curveball) to help elevate his pitching.

The talk around camp over the weekend was the performance of the many promising players in the Padres farm system: Fernando Tatis, Jr. went 4-4 with 5 RBIs in yesterday’s action and Luis Urias has shown his hit tool is very real, producing enough doubles for an In-N-Out drive-through lunch. While Tatis’ torrid spring may not translate into making the team this year, Urias’ performance may force the issue at the keystone position later in the season should Carlos Asuaje and Cory Spangenberg not carry their ST performances into the regular season.

In outfield news that doesn’t include the traffic jam of Renfroe, Pirela, Myers, and Cordero, Andy Green made mention of a change in approach to the at-bats of one Travis Jankowski:

“You have to be honest with guys. You don’t want to tell them at the end of camp what was wrong. I sat down with Jankowski a couple of days ago and said ‘If you’re not bunting, if you’re not stealing bases, if you’re not flying around the field, you are going into a fight with one hand tied behind your back.”

On the starting rotation front some question marks are slowly beginning to find answers. Colin Rea has experienced a setback in his throwing program after a scoreless 2 innings in his last appearance. A shoulder issue will shelf the righty still trying to come back from Tommy John. Tyson Ross has impressed in his action during Spring Training and may find himself in a Padres uniform at Petco Park once again. Farmhands Joey Lucchesi and Eric Laurer impressed in their second appearances on the mound.

Today’s game is a nighttime affair at 5:40 PM, so hopefully you’ll be able to tune in to FSSD after getting home from work (with a choice beverage, natch).