After a short homestand to forget the Padres will take the show on an extended road trip- yes, I’ve read the schedule. While the calendar says the Padres have a home series this weekend they’ll actually be south of the border in Monterrey, Mexico. You won’t catch the Pads back home until they welcome today’s opponent to Petco on the 12th.
Taking the mound today will be one Eric Lauer. Lauer (0-1, 18.00 ERA) did not have the best debut, but you can’t blame the rookie for being sent out to pitch his first MLB game in Coors Field. While the temperatures Lauer will feel tonight should be more tolerable, the team he’s facing is just as tough on pitching; after the drubbing the Padres laid on the Giants earlier in the season San Francisco is on the upswing. This is a Giants squad who has won series against Anaheim, Washington and most recently against the Dodgers.
Pitching for the Dodgers is Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 6.23 ERA), who has just recently come off of the DL after a pectoral strain set back his debut until mid-April. In his 2 starts so far Samardijon has had exactly one good game and one bad game: he pitched in an 8-1 win against the Angels and flopped in a 15-2 laugher against the Nationals. Samardjuh has generally been strong facing San Diego; Jeff is 8-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 16 games and 14 starts against the Friars. The Padres will have to get back on some consistent and timely hitting after yesterday’s snoozer, especially from the heart of the lineup absent one Wil Myers. Of current Padres on the roster Austin Hedges (1 for 3), Jose Pirela (3 for 9), and Franchy Cordero (1 for 2) have had some success against the Shark. Cory Spangenberg (who is in El Paso) had the best marks against the righty last year (6 for 10 with 1 homer).
To make up for not typing out Jeff’s last name a bunch here’s a fun fact: he was a legit WR for Norte Dame and Mel Kiper actually had him on the draft board behind Calvin Johnson. Yes, “Megatron” Calvin Johnson.
Tune in tonight to see if Lauer can provide a little heat and lead the Padres to a win in SF! The first of three starts at 7:15 PM Left Coast Time.
Game Time: 7:15 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes (Spanish)
Radio: 97.3 (Fan, the) XEMO 860 (Español)