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Padres host Diamondbacks as big decision looms

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

  1. The Padres took three of four games from Arizona in a season-opening series at home, outscoring the D-backs 21-9. San Diego's first seven series this year are against NL West teams; the Padres won't face a non-divisional opponent until a series at Texas on August 17-18.
  2. San Diego has a 3.29 ERA in home games this season, compared to a 6.40 ERA on the road. Since Petco Park opened in 2004, the Padres' 3.53 ERA is the third lowest in baseball, while their 4.61 road ERA over that span is the fifth highest.
  3. Arizona has picked up its first back-to-back wins of the season, taking two of three games in a midweek home series versus Houston. The D-backs hit four home runs in Wednesday's 14-5 victory, compared to just two total homers in their other 12 games this season.
  4. Going back to the start of last June, Ketel Marte's .359 batting average is easily the best in baseball (minimum 300 PA). He is coming off back-to-back three-hit games on Wednesday and Thursday versus Houston.
  5. After posting a 2.94 ERA in his first season with Arizona last year -- not allowing more than four earned runs in any of his 12 starts -- Luke Weaver has allowed six ER in each of his 2020 outings (including July 27 at San Diego), giving him a 14.73 ERA.
  6. Fernando Tatis Jr. has reached base safely in all 13 games this season (via H, BB or HBP). He's the only MLB player with at least four home runs and four stolen bases in 2020 (he has exactly four of each).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020

Usually when Chris Paddack starts for the Padres, he is the No. 1 story.

But he will be only the third-best topic Saturday night as San Diego hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second game of a three-game series at Petco Park.

On Friday night, the Padres won the opener of their fifth straight series. However, they have lost their past two series and are 1-3 thus far in the second games of series.

"We've had good starts to series," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Friday night after five Padres pitchers blanked the Diamondbacks 3-0. "We need to follow it up tomorrow."

And perhaps even the bigger question is what to do with 26-year-old rookie Jake Cronenworth if first baseman Eric Hosmer comes off the injured list as planned Saturday.

Hosmer was off to a great start, going 5-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs in his first three games. But a case of gastritis forced Hosmer to miss two games before he landed on the 10-day injured list July 29.

In the past six games in Hosmer's absence, Cronenworth has gone 8-for-21 with a double, two triples, two home runs, three RBIs and five runs scored for a .381 batting average, a .905 OPS and a 1.285 OPS. He has also played Gold Glove-caliber defense at first.

Tingler has several options. Cronenworth could stay at first and Hosmer could be the designated hitter . . . or vice versa. But Cronenworth is a middle infielder by trade. And second baseman Jurickson Profar is off to a 4-for-40 start, although he has drawn seven walks.

"We probably need to keep Cronenworth in the lineup," Tingler said. "He's going to continue to play as long as he plays good defense and is a tough out at the plate."

So there are plenty of subplots Saturday as Paddack (2-0, 2.65 earned run average) makes his fourth start of the season against Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly (1-1, 2.63 ERA).

Paddack faced the Diamondbacks and Madison Bumgarner in the season opener on July 24 at Petco Park. He recorded the win, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings. In his first three starts, Paddack has given up five runs on 15 hits and one walk with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings.

Kelly did not face the Padres in the first series between the National League West rivals. But he did see them five times in 2019 as he returned to the United States after playing four seasons in Korea.

Overall, Kelly was 13-14 with a 4.42 ERA in 32 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2019. He was 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five starts against the Padres and held Arizona to a .232 batting average. He was 2-1 in three starts at Petco Park with a 4.30 ERA.

In his first two starts of 2020, Kelly has allowed four runs on 12 hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

"It was a big boost to come back to the States from Korea last season and pitch as well as I did," said the 6-foot-2, 31-year-old Kelly. "And that gave me a lot of confidence coming into this season."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2020

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