Padres News: Padres Host Interleague Series with Astros

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Apr 24, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 Wednesday, 12:40pm

Andrew Cashner (1-3, 2.63 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.62 ERA)

Cashner has been the victim of bad luck lately. He got tagged for the loss against the Dodgers even though he pitched seven solid innings, only allowing two runs and striking out six. He looks to get back into the win column with hopefully some run support.

Cashner has made one start but has appeared in 9 games against the Astros. He posts a 2-1 record with a 4.60 ERA against Houston. He also has a 2.17 ERA in interleague games. We all remember his interleague start againt the Detroit Tigers last year when he allowed but one hit in a complete game shutout.

Keuchel is entering his fourth season in the big leagues, all with the Astros. He has made one start against the Padres when he went 6 innings and allowed one run and didn’t factor in the decision.

Derek Norris has plenty of experience against Keuchel. He has 23 plate appearances from his days in the Astros division with the Oakland A’s. He is hitting .286 with a .348 on-base percentage against him. This will be a good matchup to look for as Norris can help the other Padres hitters against Keuchel.

The Padres limp into this new week after a bad end to the week. The Padres will dust themselves off and I predict they will win this series two games to one. Both of these teams have started the month off well and they look to continue it this week.

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