Padres Series Preview: Snakes Come To Town

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Mar 16, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (21) pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3, Wednesday 6:10pm

Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (0-0, 5.40 ERA)

The final game of this series will feature the Padres’ new member of the rotation, Morrow. He was brilliant in his first outing as a Padre, pitching seven shutout innings, while striking out seven and only allowing four hits against the Giants. Morrow was acquired as a free agent after pitching five seasons in Toronto.

Morrow has only faced Arizona once and he got tagged for six runs in four innings. He has had much more success at Petco Park though; in 14 innings, he has a 1.26 ERA.

Anderson enters his second season as a regular in the Diamondbacks rotation. Last year he went 9-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 21 starts. He has faced the Padres three times with a 2-1 record and 4.20 ERA. He is yet to pitch at Petco Park.

A match up to look for is Matt Kemp against Anderson. Last season, Kemp had lots of success against the young Texan, going 4 for 7 with a home run and a double.

Perhaps this series is what Jedd Gyorko needs to raise his .143 average. He is 3 for 6 off Anderson and has three career home runs off of the D-backs.

This is the last series before the Padres go on a challenging road trip. A series win here would be huge. My prediction is that the Padres do win this series, two games to one.

How do you guys see this series with the D-Backs going? Predictions?

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