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Series preview: Padres vs. Braves

An interesting setup for the games this weekend.

MLB: JUL 21 Padres at Braves Game 1 Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Atlanta Braves (80-71) vs. San Diego Padres (77-75), September 24-26, 2021

Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA

TV: Bally Sports San Diego


Braves SB Nation Site: Talking Chop

The Padres face its final four-game set this weekend with a Friday doubleheader and a pair of weekend games against the Braves.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this weekend:

Projected Starters

Friday, Game 1, 5:10 p.m. PST

Tim Hill (5-6, 3.83 ERA) vs. Jesse Chavez (3-2, 2.54 ERA)

Friday, Game 2, 7:10 p.m. PST

Max Fried (12-7, 3.31 ERA) vs. TBD

Saturday, 5:40 p.m. PST

Huascar Ynoa (4-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. TBD

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PST


Projected Lineups


  1. Joc Pederson (RF)
  2. Dansby Swanson (SS)
  3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
  4. Ozzie Albies (2B)
  5. Austin Riley (3B)
  6. Stephen Vogt (C)
  7. Guillermo Heredia (CF)
  8. Orlando Arcia (LF)
  9. Starting Pitcher


  1. Trent Grisham (CF)
  2. Fernando Tatis Jr. (RF)
  3. Manny Machado (3B)
  4. Jake Cronenworth (SS)
  5. Austin Nola (C)
  6. Eric Hosmer (1B)
  7. Wil Myers (LF)
  8. Adam Frazier (2B)
  9. Starting Pitcher

The start of this weekend’s series is a bit unique, considering the Braves and Padres have some unfinished business.

The last time these two teams played, rain ended their series in Atlanta, resulting in a suspended game set to be made up this evening.

The Padres lead 5-4 in the bottom of the 5th inning of a 7-inning game that’s set to start at 5:10 p.m. PST. The Padres will be the visiting team despite playing at the friendly confines of Petco Park.

Then, the two teams kick off a three-game set in San Diego. The Braves hold just a two-game lead over the Phillies, so while the Padres probably won’t make the playoffs, they can still affect and spoil the playoff race in their own way.