Apr 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1 Monday, 7:10pm
Monday’s series opener looks to be a good pitching matchup. Shields has pitched well for the Padres to start the season although he is coming off of a start where he allowed three runs and walked three hitters in six innings. He has gone at least six innings in each of the starts he has made so far.
He will make his second start of the year at Petco Park. He has four career starts against Houston with a 1.74 ERA and a 2-1 record. In interleague games (which up to this point have been against National League teams) he has a career 15-9 record with a 4.07 ERA in 33 starts.
McHugh continues to build off of his strong 2014 season. He has won each of his starts so far this season. He had a great 11-strikeout performance against the A’s two weeks ago. He has never faced the Padres and is 0-2 with a 3.54 ERA in three interleague starts.
The only Padre hitter with any experience against McHugh is Will Middlebrooks; he is 2 for 3. Houston’s best hitter so far is of course Jose Altuve. The David Eckstein-like second baseman is hitting .321 so far this year.
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