San Diego Padres vs. Oakland Athletics series preview

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres are happy to see the month of July go by because it wasn't a month to hang their hat on. San Diego finished with an 11-14 record and saw their MVP, Fernando Tatis Jr., hit the Injured List once again with a partially dislocated left shoulder. Chris Paddack also landed on the IL with an oblique strain which he suffered during his between-start bullpen session. The Padres front office didn't acquire any starting pitching before the trade deadline and saw Ryan Weathers and Yu Darvish struggle on the mound over the weekend.

Now the team heads to Oakland after splitting a four-game series at home with the Colorado Rockies. The Athletics are 60-47 and sit 4.5 games back behind the Houston Astros in the American League West. Bob Melvin's is being threatened right now by the New York Yankees for the second AL Wild Card spot so there's no doubt that the Padres will be getting Oakland's best shot this week. Starling Marte will be facing the Padres for the second time this year after playing against the Friars in Miami before being traded to Oakland prior to the deadline.

Game 1: Tuesday, August 3 (6:40 pm PT): Blake Snell (SD) vs TBD (OAK)

TV: Bally Sports San Diego, Radio: 97.3 The Fan

Blake Snell certainly didn't have the start the Padres were hoping for last week against the A's. The 28-year-old allowed seven earned runs in just four innings of work, including a three-run home run to Matt Chapman, who is hitting .208 with 71 strikeouts on the road this season, after walking two batters earlier in the inning.

Padres GM A.J. Preller gave a vote of confidence to Snell by not acquiring any starting pitching at the deadline but it's worth wondering how confident the Padres really are in him when he simply hasn't consistently pitched well in a Padres uniform. Snell enters Tuesday's start with a 5.44 ERA.

As of this writing, the A's have yet to name a starter.

Game 2: Wednesday, August 4 (12:37 pm PT): Joe Musgrove (SD) vs TBD (OAK)

TV: Bally Sports San Diego, Radio: 97.3 The Fan

One starter the Padres have been able to rely on this season is Joe Musgrove. The 28-year-old has grinded through some starts where he allowed four or five runs but he has come back the next start and allowed three or less runs. Musgrove went seven strong innings in his last start, striking out eleven batters and allowing just three hits and one walk.

With Darvish and Snell struggling currently, it is paramount that Musgrove can give Jayce Tingler quality starts or else the bullpen will continue to be taxed and the front office's decision to not acquire starting pitching will look worse and worse.

As of this writing, the A's have yet to name a starter.

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