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Padres at Angel Stadium for First Time Since ’09

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May 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3 Wednesday, 7:05pm

Andrew Cashner (1-7, 2.89 ERA) vs. Garrett Richards (4-2, 2.98 ERA)

Cashner has been the epitome of bad luck this season. He leads the major leagues in losses but has an ERA below 3. He yet again pitched well enough to get the win last time out as he didn’t allow a single earned run while striking out 3 in 5 innings. Cashner has faced the Angels 3 times as a reliever, pitching 3 scoreless innings against them.

Richards was touched up for 5 runs in 6 innings in his last start against the Red Sox. He missed the first few weeks of the season with an injury. Last year, he put up ace-like numbers going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts. Richards has never faced the Padres.

This is a key series for the Padres to get on track. The Angels have holes in their roster but they are still dangerous. I am predicting a series win for the Padres as a momentum swing to get back in the race in the NL West.

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