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08/23 Game Thread: Padres (59-67) vs. Red Sox (68-61)

San Diego Padres v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

WHO: San Diego Padres vs. Boston Red Sox

WHAT: It’s Paddack Day!

WHEN: Friday, August 23, 2019, at 7:10 p.m.

WHERE: PetCo Park, San Diego, CA

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: The San Diego Padres are coming off another series loss, this time to the Cincinnati Reds, and things are not looking to get any easier with the Boston Red Sox riding into town. While the Padres are, at this point, simply playing for pride and individual players for a spot on next year’s team, the Red Sox are clearly in the playoff chase.

Over the last month, starter Chris Paddack has been roughly a replacement-level player. He’s sporting a 6.30 ERA over that stretch and a not-that-much-better 5.16 FIP. He continues to allow hard contact giving up over 2 home runs per 9 innings pitched. He has better stuff than that would suggest and perhaps he can begin to show it before the end of the season.