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Game Thread: 8/9 Diamondbacks @ Padres

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How long can Fernando Tatis Jr. keep this hot streak alive?

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

I won’t sugarcoat last night’s performance. Aside from Fernando Tatis Jr., it was pretty forgettable offensively. I’m not entirely sure where Manny Machado has been most of this season, but it’s gotten to the point where you almost forget he’s supposed to be the “best” player on the team, or at least that’s what his contract would point to. His .193 average is currently only better than catchers Austin Hedges (.091) and Francisco Mejia (.080), Abraham Almonte (.111), and Jurickson Profar (.098).

Tonight’s game decides the series and the Padres (8-7) still need every win they can get against the lesser talent in the division so as to stay as close to the Dodgers (10-5) and Rockies (11-3) as possible.

Your starting pitchers are the Madison Bumgarner (0-2) for Arizona (7-9) and the fiery Dinelson Lamet (1-0) for the Padres. Lamet currently has the best ERA on the team with a 1.72. Through 15.2 innings pitched, he’s allowed 11 hits, a team-low three runs among starters, and zero home runs. He’s also K’d 17 batters, good for second on the team behind Chris Paddack.

Starting Lineup:

Eric Hosmer is not in the lineup tonight but he’s healthy. Jayce Tingler mentioned they want to be cautious with bringing him back up to speed. Ty France gets the start at first and will bat cleanup. Profar is at the #7 spot with Mejia getting the nod tonight at the #8 slot. Edward Olivares rounds things out for tonight’s lineup while playing left field due to to Tommy Pham getting pegged as the team’s DH for the game.

Diamondbacks

  • SP Corbin Martin - 10-Day IL

Padres

  • SS Jorge Mateo - Covid-19

Game info

  • Teams: Diamondbacks @ Padres
  • Location: Petco Park
  • Time: 1:10pm PT
  • TV: FOX Sports San Diego
  • Radio: KWFN 97.3, XEMO 860
  • Weather: 73 degrees and mostly sunny