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Series Preview: Padres (6-4) at Giants (3-7)

After running away with the first series matchup, the Padres are happy to be facing the Giants once again.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Standings

The 6-4 San Diego Padres are in 2nd place in the NL West after winning their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. They’ll take on the last place San Francisco Giants, who are 3-7 and have lost each of their first three series of the season.

Expected Pitching Matchups

  • Eric Lauer vs. Madison Bumgarner
  • Joey Lucchesi vs. Derek Holland
  • Nick Margevicius vs. Dereck Rodriguez

What to watch for

The Padres kicked off the 2019 season by winning 3 of 4 games against the Giants at Petco Park and looked impressive while doing so. The Giants have struggled to get any offense going this year, and are currently ranked 24th in team OPS (the Padres are 13th).

The Giants have made a couple of roster moves since that opening series in an attempt to bolster their offense, but don’t be surprised if they continue to make the San Diego pitchers look good.

Who to watch for

  • Wil Myers was the driving force behind the Padres’ offense in the opening series and continues to be a good matchup against the Giants’ starters. The only NL ballparks he hits better in than AT&T Park is the hitter-friendly stadiums called home for the Brewers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies. This could be a big series for him.
  • Lauer, Lucchesi, and Margevicius have been nothing short of spectacular this season. Lucchesi still hasn’t allowed an earned run and Margevicius has a 1.80 ERA after making the jump from single-A ball. Their continued success would lead to a lot of Padres wins, including a likely series win in San Francisco.
  • Brandon Belt is still the scariest bat in the San Francisco lineup, but he sat plenty against the San Diego starters the first time through to avoid lefty-lefty matchups. Expect to see more of the same this time around.