WHAT: The first place San Diego Padres try to win yet another series
WHEN: Saturday, April 13th, at 5:10 p.m. PT
WHERE: Chase Field
HOW: Watch on FOX Sports San Diego (or FOX Sports Go), listen on 97.3FM The Fan. Spanish broadcasts on FOX Deportes San Diego and XEMO 860AM.
WHY: Through 15 games, the Padres have lost only five games. Two of those losses belong to the man starting today’s game. Matt Strahm, who was primarily a relief pitcher last season, has been trying to make the transition to starter and thus far the results have not been there for him. An ERA of 7.04 inspires little confidence even after only a pair of starts. He has walked more batters than he has struck out and has been something approaching the definition of a replacement level player.
There is, however, reason for optimism. In each previous season, Strahm has a strikeout rate more than double what he has shown in 2019. He is simply better than his early results and there is no time like the present for those results to turn around against a mediocre Arizona Diamondbacks squad.