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Series Preview: Padres (3-1) vs. Diamondbacks (1-3)

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Standings

The San Diego Padres, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West, are welcoming to town the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are 1-3 and tied for last place in the division after their trip to Chavez Ravine.

Expected Pitching Matchups

  • Matt Strahm vs. Merrill Kelly
  • Eric Lauer vs. Zack Greinke
  • Joey Lucchesi vs. Robbie Ray

What to watch for

The Arizona rotation failed them in Los Angeles, with Greinke (17.18 ERA) and Ray (5.40 ERA) getting the rotation off to a bad start. It didn’t get much better with Luke Weaver (8.31 ERA) or Matt Koch (14.40 ETA), who gave them 4.1 innings of long relief after Greinke’s implosion on opening day.

San Diego, meanwhile, won 3 of 4 from the Giants without getting much in the way of run support. 11 runs in 4 games puts them dead last amongst teams with winning records after the opening weekend. It’ll be interested to see if the offense can get started against a shaky Arizona staff.

Who to watch for

  • San Diego-native Adam Jones, a free agent signed late in the offseason by the Diamondbacks after spending his career with the Baltimore Orioles, is off to a fast start. He currently leads Arizona in hits, batting average, home runs, and on-base percentage.
  • Manny Machado’s career numbers will tell you that the first month of the season is usually his strongest (.919 career OPS in the month of April). He’s sitting at .200 through 4 games, with zero home runs and zero runs scored. It would not be a surprise to see him break out of this slump against Arizona.
  • Wil Myers seems to be benefitting the most from the latest additions to the lineup, and currently leads the Padres in hits, batting average, and on-base percentage. He has more hits against Arizona than any team in his career, with a shiny .937 OPS against them.