Apr 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) gets a single during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (11-9) host the upstart Houston Astros (11-7) from the American League West this week for a three-game set. Both of these teams are in similar situations having experienced a run of sub-par seasons, but recent acquisitions have given the franchises new hope.
The Astros have had a road trip to remember, winning a series in Seattle and then sweeping the Oakland Athletics. They are coming in hot to San Diego. This team is young and it has no shortage of firepower.
Houston is towards the bottom in team batting average at .226. However, when they do it, they make it count as they are seventh in the big leagues with 22 home runs to start the season.
The Padres are coming off of a frustrating series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing two out of three games. The pitching staff allowed 11 runs on Saturday night. For a while the Padres began to struggle to score runs. That ended that same night and they were able to muster enough offense to salvage the finale.
The Friars are sixth in the majors and third in the National League in hitting with a .286 average. They are also only second to the Dodgers in the National League in home runs.
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