As the Trade Deadline frenzy finally comes to a halt, baseball fans all around the country go back to realizing: there’s baseball to be played! Since the San Diego Padres weren’t very active this deadline season, their team comes into the series against the Minnesota Twins relatively similar to what they were just a day ago. So, let’s get into the preview for our two game series against the Twins, starting tonight at 7:10 pm at Petco Park.
Probables: Jose Berrios RHP (9-4, 3.76 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (10-7, 4.22 ERA)
In this matchup, we see the young Jose Berrios take on the aging veteran Jhoulys Chacin. For both clubs, there should be a lot to like about tonight’s matchup.
Padres: Since joining the Padres as a free agent this past winter, Chacin has thrived at Petco Park, going 6-2 with a 2.05 ERA across 70.1 inning in his 11 starts, which comes out to a strong average of around 6.4 innings per start. Also, the Padres will have Yangervis Solarte and Austin Hedges back in the groove and at full strength, as both made starts in sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Finally, we should see the return of Wil Myers, who has been given the past few days off due to his recent struggles (2 for his last 20). I think tonight could be the game that Myers starts to break out, as he is facing a heavy fastball pitcher in Berrios (64% this year) and is given a matchup that definitely resides in his favor.
Twins: As for the Twins, they also had a relatively quiet deadline season besides the trade of reliever Brandon Kintzler. Berrios takes the ball for them tonight, and he has had a very solid sophomore campaign thus far, going 9-4 and striking out nearly a batter an inning because of his hard fastball and wicked slider. Though he has struggled over his last 4 starts (2-2, 4.91 ERA over 18.1 IP), he could very well rebound this evening and have a strong outing. Finally, a player I’ll be looking at this evening is Byron Buxton, who has struggled mightily over the course of the season. However, he has hit .412 in his last five games, so I’ll be interested to see if he can continue that trend or if the Padres pitching staff shuts him down.