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The Padres (67-78) open up a 3-game series with the Diamondbacks (59-87) this weekend in Phoenix. The D-backs have really given the Padres problems this year. The Friars are 6-10 against the Snakes this year and have yet to win a series against them. Arizona has been below the Padres in the standings all year but have been like kryptonite.
The Diamondbacks are without many key players still. Paul Goldschmidt has been a huge hole in that offense. The team is hitting .246, which is 21st in the MLB. They are coming off a second consecutive sweep at the hand of the Giants. They have lost 6 straight and have not won since the last series with San Diego.