The Padres got a thrilling walk-off error win yesterday and will try to channel those good energies into a series win today with Jordan Lyles on the bump for the series finale against the Miami Marlins.
Lyles (1-1, 3.83 ERA) has been very serviceable out of the bullpen for the Friars but has run into some mixed results in his last couple starts, surrendering at least 4 runs in his last two games against Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. While Jordan is 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA as a starting pitcher, his track record against the Marlins could prove to be worrisome. The 27-year-old righty sports a 1-1 record with an inflated 7.00 ERA against Miami in 6 appearances and 4 starts. To end on a more optimistic note, Lyles does a lot better in the confines of Petco Park with a 1.85 ERA in 24 1⁄3 innings, thanks in no small part to his stellar almost-perfecto against his former Rockies club back on the 15th of May.
Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 5.22 ERA) has not been as bad as his current numbers indicate as of late: the native of Taiwan has been improving in his last few starts. In his last 3 games Chen has a 1.59 ERA with opposing batters only hitting .188 against the lefty. In his last appearance against San Diego back in 2016 Chen got the win after allowing 4 runs on 7 hits with 7 punchouts in 6 innings. Of course the 2018 Padres are very different and do have players with career success against Wei-Yin: Freddy Galvis is 6-15 with a .400 average and Eric Hosmer is 7-23 (.304) with 2 dingers. Jose Pirela is also 6-10 against Chen.
In Padres news, Austin Hedges is back in San Diego though not ready to suit up and play. A setback in his recovery from an elbow issue has sidelined Hedges and he has been recently cleared to resume throwing again. The pitcher for tomorrow’s contest
has was yet to be determined due to Lucchessi going down with a hip strain though a familiar face has been rumored for a spot start in Walker Lockett. His last start in El Paso was preempted by a promoted Seth Simmons from San Antonio Walker Lockett will indeed make the start on Friday. Calls from the fan base have also gone out for a return of Luis Perdomo, who has markedly improved in El Paso and has done much better than Lockett (5.31 ERA versus 2.81 for Perdomo).
Tonight’s finale starts up at 6:10 PM.
Game Time: 6:10 PM PST
TV: FSSD, Fox Sports Deportes (Spanish)
Radio: 97.3 (we’ll miss you, Teddy), XEMO 860 (Español)