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Padres, Phillies aren't same teams that met last month

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres

  1. The Padres took two of three in Philadelphia from May 17-19 with all three games resulting in shutouts. Eight total runs combined were scored in the three games, with the Padres hitting .218 in the series while the Phillies hit .189.
  2. The Phillies have lost three straight games after winning five in-a-row and are currently 4-3 on the current road trip. They are 17-17 on the road this season with the last season they finished over .500 on the road being 2012.
  3. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .280 in June after hitting .185 in April and May combined. He hit his 19th home run of the season yesterday and is tied for second in the National League. 11 of his 19 home runs this season have been when he bats leadoff.
  4. The Padres just swept the Diamondbacks in a three-game series after getting swept in Colorado. Yesterday, they won 10-4 despite committing four errors. The last time they won a game while committing four or more errors was May 14, 2016 at Milwaukee.
  5. Jorge Alfaro is hitting .375 (12-for-32) with three home runs, six runs batted in and six runs scored in his last eight games. He hit his sixth home run of the season yesterday, and has four this month in 13 games compared to having two in the first two months (25 games).
  6. Joe Musgrove is one win behind the major league leader (Tony Gonsolin) and is 0.01 in ERA behind him for the major league lead. Randy Jones is the only Padre to lead the major leagues (tied that season with Jim Palmer) in wins when he did it in 1976 and won the Cy Young.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/23/2022 thru 6/26/2022

When the Padres visited Philadelphia for three games in the middle of May, San Diego was off to a fast start behind Manny Machado and some excellent starting pitching while the Phillies were struggling without Bryce Harper.

Now, as the Phillies come to San Diego for four games starting Thursday, Harper is back causing damage in the Philadelphia lineup while the Padres are at least temporarily without Machado.

The one thing that's the same is that the Padres are still getting stellar starting pitching.

The Phillies are under new management. Rob Thomson took over as interim manager after Joe Girardi was fired on June 3.

The Padres are finally back under their manager after Bob Melvin returned from COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday. Melvin has missed 20 games this season -- including the first Phillies series -- due to two medical issues.

Right-hander Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59 ERA) will rejoin the Padres on Thursday, coming back from COVID-19 protocol to face the Phillies in the series opener. He will be matched against left-hander Ranger Suarez (5-4, 4.43).

Neither Musgrove nor Suarez appeared when the Padres took two of three in Philadelphia from May 17-19. The strange thing about that series was that all three games ended in shutouts, the Padres winning the bookends by 3-0 and 2-0 scores with the Phillies taking the middle game 3-0.

The Phillies are 8-5 when Suarez starts this year, and the 26-year-old Venezuelan has a 1.508 WHIP and a .270 opponents' batting average. He has walked 29 and struck out 54 in 65 innings, and he is averaging exactly five innings per start.

"He's very effective when he's filling up the zone," Thomson said. "He's at his best when he's not falling behind in the count."

Musgrove is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four career appearances, three starts, against the Phillies.

Suarez is 3-0 in his four quality starts, during which he issued only four walks in 26 innings. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three games (no starts) against the Padres.

The Padres are 11-1 in Musgrove's starts, and all 12 of those outings qualified as quality starts -- a franchise record to open a season. In addition to having the second-lowest earned run average in the major leagues, Musgrove has a 0.924 WHIP and a .196 opponents' batting average.

The question Thursday will be Musgrove's stamina. He had COVID-19, and he last pitched on June 16, the day before his positive test. In that game, he gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine over seven innings during a road win over the Chicago Cubs.

"One thing I've noticed in Musgrove this year is his ability to adjust during games," Melvin said. "He has five pitches. He quickly determines what is working and what might not be his best pitch on any given day. He goes to what's working while checking in on the pitches he's not using to see if they're coming around. It's a very professional approach."

Melvin said of being apart from the Padres in the COVID protocol, "Watching the games was the toughest part. I had a lot of dialogue before games, we talked about lineups, configurations that day, all the things you would talk about with your staff if you were there. Once the game started, that was the hard part ...

"I'd turn the TV on and off. Every day was like 'Groundhog Day' and trying to find a way to get through it. It wasn't comfortable. I'm glad it's over."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 23, 2022

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