The Padres host the D-backs tonight in their second meeting of a four-game series to start the 2020 MLB season. Arizona couldn’t overcome the big night from 1B Eric Hosmer who elevated San Diego to their first win on opening night.
28-year old Dinelson Lamet will get the start on the mound tonight against D-backs lefty Robbie Ray. Lamet was 3-5 in 14 starts last year, recording 105 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.07 and a WHIP of 1.26. Ray finished 12-8 in 33 starts with 235 Ks, a 4.34 ERA, and a 1.34 WHIP.
Lamet has solidified himself as the #2 behind Chris Paddack and the team feels encouraged with those two at the top of their rotation. Lamet recently said, “I want to pitch great and I want Chris to pitch great.”
In three preseason games earlier this year, Lamet allowed just three hits and walk with 11 strikeouts through nine innings of work.
Tonight’s starting Lineup:
The changes from last night’s lineup include C Austin Hedges starting in place of Francisco Mejia and OF Edward Olivares getting the start in right field which moves OF Wil Myers to DH.
Update: 1B Eric Hosmer is a scratch with a “non-coronavirus illness”. IF Ty France takes his place.
Fun Fact: 22 years ago today, longtime pitcher Trevor Hoffman made his debut for the Padres.