I know you did it.
If you were of any sensible mind, you cheered for today’s opponent in last year’s World Series. You know well by now they would eventually beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in a thrilling 7 game set and kept the Dodgers from becoming more annoying than they already are.
You probably like these Astros now because they (a) beat a despised NL West rival, (b) brought home a championship to a city in need of some good news after Hurricane Harvey, (c) generally look like a bunch of fun guys and (d) are proof positive of the success the “build from the ground up” plan the Padres are currently on can bring to a franchise. That’s ok. Heck, I like ‘em too. They’re a fun team to watch. They have Jose Altuve. Justin Verlander. George Springer. Carlos Correa. Some really exciting players.
But now we gotta play ‘em, so maybe shelve those feelings until after Sunday, mkay? Mkay.
The Padres will hit the road for the first time this season and travel to the home of the reigning champion Houston Astros. The team will be hard-pressed to get a win from the white-hot Stros but will send Luis Perdomo to the mound for the first opportunity.
Perdomo (0-1, 11.75 ERA) did not have a good debut, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and issuing 4 free passes against the Brewers. Though Perdomo did strike out 7 in his 4 innings he will need to step up in a big way against a potent Astros offense that has allowed their bullpen to cruise without a save situation up until last night. Luis has never faced the Astros and has a 6.10 ERA (3-2 record) in seven starts against AL teams.
Taking the ball for the ‘stros is Lance McCullers, Jr., he of one of the best curveballs in baseball and a 1-0 3.38 ERA record to start the season. McCullers’ last start was a strong performance against the in-state rival Texas Rangers, punching out 10 and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over the course of 5 1⁄3 innings. McCullers has never faced the team his father used to play on though the son sports a 2.73 ERA with two wins in his five starts against interleague teams.
While the teams facing off today may sport inverse records (Padres 1-6, Astros 6-1) the Padres have a “puncher’s chance” to make an impression and get a win in the first of three games in Houston tonight. You can tune in at 5:10 PM Left Coast Time with your favorite beverage to catch the game.
Game Time: 5:10 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes (Spanish)
Radio: 97.3 (oof), XEMO 860 (Español)