Padres Start Homestand With Hot Nationals

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May 13, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) doubles during the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres (18-17) play host to the Washington Nationals (19-16) for a four-game weekend series starting Thursday night. The Nationals are coming from Phoenix where they took two out of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. That series was an offensive explosion and a pitching implosion for the Nationals.

The Padres flew home from a quick two-game series in Seattle where they split with the Mariners. That series had no shortage of offense either as the two sides combined for 8 home runs in the two games.

Game 1, Thursday 7:10pm

Tyson Ross (1-3, 3.98 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (2-1, 2.87 ERA)

Ross has put together two quality starts in a row but has an 0-1 record to show for it. He allowed two runs in six innings and struck out six his last time out against the Diamondbacks.

Ross has one career start against the Nationals, which came last year. He allowed 5 runs and walked 3 in that outing. The Padres need him to not repeat that performance if they have visions of winning this series.

Fister has pitched well lately, allowing just 3 runs with zero walks in his last two starts. The 6’8″ right-hander has one career start against the Padres. He pitched a complete game and received a loss even when he only allowed one earned run and struck out 7.

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