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Series Preview: Vs Giants (07/21 – 07/24)

The bruised and battered Padres would be pleased to breathe a sigh of relief after being pummeled by the Rockies over a three game series that ended yesterday.  The Padres hit rock bottom, conceding a record 36 runs and failing to win a single game.

Up next, the Padres have a four game road trip against the Giants, who are languishing at the bottom of NL West standings.  This trip would mark the series between two teams riding similar fortunes, with the Padres and the Giants having a combined run differential of -246 (Padres -140, Giants -106) and a combined 114 losses.  In the last meeting between the two familiar rivals, the Padres took the three game series 2-1.

Probable Starters:

Thursday: 7:15 pm, Chacin (4.33 ERA, 8-7) vs. Bumgarner (3.18 ERA, 0-3)

Chacin has arguably been the Padres’ best pitcher of late and has yet to lose in July, where he owns a 2-0 record in the three games that he has started with a miserly ERA of 2.08.  Chacin, though, has been a pale shadow of himself away from home and would be looking to set this record straight after conceding an ERA of 7.95 on the road this season.

Taking the mound for the Giants is the always crafty Madison Bumgarner.  Bumgarner pitched 7 innings in his return from a dirt bike accident, allowing three runs in a loss to the Padres on July 15.

Friday: 7:15 pm, Cahill (3.14 ERA, 4-3) vs. Samardzija (4.86 ERA, 4-11)

With the impending trade deadline soon approaching, the Padres would be looking to see if they receive any kind of interest on Trevor Cahill.  Cahill has had a spectacular year by all means with an impressive ERA of 3.14, FIP of 3.22, xFIP of 3.07, K/9 value of 11.15 in the 57 and change innings that he has pitched.

The 32-year-old Samardzija is having a rough year to say the least, as he is 4-11 in the 19 starts that he has had owns the following line:  ERA – 4.86, FIP of 3.51, K/9 value of 9.80.  Additionally, his HR/9 value of 1.45 indicates that he concedes an HR at least every time he takes the mound.

Saturday: 1:05 pm, Perdomo (4.94 ERA, 4-5) vs. Moore (5.81 ERA, 3-10)

Luis Perdomo will be looking to get back to normalcy after being roughed up by the Rockies in his previous start.  Perdomo lasted only 2 1/3 innings after coughing up 5 runs and 6 hits.  He has shown flashes of brilliance all year but has been very inconsistent. Like Chacin, Perdomo has struggled on the road with his away FIP at 5.54 in sharp contrast to his home FIP of 3.61.

Matt Moore has also struggled all season and is averaging 5.81 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 5.21 xFIP and K/9 value of 7.43.  He owns a better ERA of 4.2 at home in the 55.2 innings pitched.

Sunday: 1:05 pm, Lamet (6.40 ERA, 3-4) vs. TBD

Lamet will get another chance to showcase how good his slider is on Sunday.  In his brief stint with the Padres, Lamet has struck out 61 and has a K/9 value of 12.40 but is walking at least four and allow two HR’s per game on average.

Look for the Padres to bounce back and clinch the series; although, losing may be more beneficial given the current circumstances.

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