Series Preview: Padres vs. Giants

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After taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres (19-26) will travel up to San Francisco to begin their third series against the Giants (27-19). As of 2016, the Padres are 0-6 against their rivals from the north, and have been outscored in those games 16-29.

The Giants are 9-1 in their last ten games and have just finished taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs. In the month of May, San Francisco’s pitching staff has lead all of major league baseball in terms of wins (14) and ERA (2.66).

The Padres, however, have been impressive themselves this month as their team ERA (3.09) has been third best in The Bigs and will be riding momentum from some exciting wins against The Blue Crew.

Probable Matchups

Date: Monday, May 23, 7:15PM PDT, AT&T Park

Starters: Drew Pomeranz, LHP (4-4, 1.96 ERA) vs Johnny Cueto, RHP (6-1, 2.70 ERA)

Pomeranz has been nothing short of sensational for the Padres so far this year. In his last three starts, Pomeranz has gone 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA, striking out 20 batters in the process. Monday will be Pomeranz’s third start against the Giants, and despite his spectacular pitching, he is 0-2 against the division rivals. In his last outing, Pomeranz faced off against Cueto and lasted 6 innings, giving up 2 runs. Unfortunately, Cueto pitched slightly better, only allowing 1 run over a complete 9 innings of work.

Hopefully third time will be the charm for Pomeranz, but facing off against Cueto won’t be easy for Padres’ hitters. In his two starts this year against the Padres, Cueto has gone 18IP while only allowing 1 run and fanning 19 batters. In four starts at AT&T, Cueto is 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA, and has shown a liking for facing off against the Padres. In his last five starts against San Diego, Cueto is 4-1 with a 0.88 ERA.

 

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 7:15PM PDT, AT&T Park

Starters: Andrew Cashner, RHP (2-3, 4.93 ERA) vs Jeff Samardzija (6-2, 2.66 ERA)

Cashner will be making his first start since coming off the 15-day DL after suffering a right hamstring strain. Although it’s nice to see the big right hander back in the rotation, maybe the Padres should have waited a few days before giving him the ball again: in 15 games against the Giants, Cashner has produced a 5.26 ERA. In his last outing in San Francisco, Cashner was knocked out of the third inning after allowing 6 runs (3 earned) as Samardzija and the Giants capped the sweep with a 13-9 win. Like Cueto, Samardzija has been pitching fantastic as of late, going 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his last three games.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 12:45 PM PDT, AT&T Park

Starters: James Shields, RHP (2-6, 3.07 ERA) vs Jake Peavy, RHP (1-5, 8.21 ERA)

In his two games against the Giants this year, Shields has drawn the short straw each time. In Shields’ first start in San Francisco back on April 26, the right hander allowed 1 run over 7 strong innings, but took the loss as the Padres were shutout by Cueto 0-1. When the Giants came to San Diego on May 19, Shields gave up 3 runs over 6 innings as the Padres bats again failed to give him any run support in a 1-3 loss. Unfortunately, the lack of run support has been a common theme for Shields this year as he has the worst run support average per start in the majors at 1.67.

Peavy has struggled with consistency this season and was roughed up against the Chicago Cubs in his last outing, giving up 5 runs in only 1.2 innings. Through 9 games, Peavy has given up the 8th most hits in the league amongst pitchers (62) and hasn’t recorded a win in just over a month.

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