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Padres Preview: 05/17 @ Pirates

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Eric Lauer will start off the road trip against Pittsburgh.

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The Padres will kick off their road trip after a travel day in Pittsburgh with Eric Lauer taking the mound for the first of four in the Steel City.

Lauer (1-2, 8.27) did not have a great game in his last start. The major league learning curve was made apparent against the Cardinals, where the young lefty gave up 4 dongers and 6 earned runs on 6 hits in a scant 2 13 innings. This was after a stellar start in Monterrey against the Dodgers where Lauer pitched a 7-hit no runs allowed 6 innings of work. Eric will have to have his stuff ready against a NL Central-leading Pirates squad with plenty of good hitters.

The Pirates will send Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.17 ERA) to face off against San Diego. Chad has been so-so for the Bucs this season, having allowed as many hits as innings pitched (45 in 45 13 innings) so far in his 2018 campaign. His last game against NL West rival San Francisco led to a no-decision after the righty allowed 3 run on 6 hits and 4 free passes in 6 innings of work. This game will mark Chad’s third start against the Padres; he’s 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA against San Diego. This current iteration of the Padres haven’t seen much of Kuhl and Andy Green has gone with a heavily-slanted lefty lineup to counter the righty.

Today’s game starts at 4:05 PM Left Coast Time.

Game Time: 4:05 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes (Spanish)
Radio: 97.3, XEMO 860 (Español)