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5/8 Game Thread: Padres (20-17) vs. Mets (17-19)

MLB: San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets

WHAT: Rubber match! Win the game and win the series.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2019, at 12:40 p.m.

WHERE: Petco Park

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: Yes, “Why?” is a very good question to ask the universe when you see this:

Ian Kinsler has mostly been terrible this season and was especially terrible last night, especially as a defender and as a baserunner. Instead of a day off, he’s once again rewarded with the leadoff spot in the starting lineup and the most at-bats for anyone else on the team today (probably).

In addition to that, this lineup construction is pretty awful. Reyes is a perfect #3 hitter, Machado is a perfect #4 hitter and Hosmer is a perfect #2 hitter. So, of course, they are hitting 2-3-4 instead of 3-4-2.

Anyway, Matt Strahm has been a revelation in his last few starts. Another one today will just further his claim as a valuable piece in this starting rotation going forward.