Padres Come Home to Face Bucs
By Nick Lee
May 24, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (6) and center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) celebrate a three run home run by Marte against the New York Mets during the sixth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (23-25) are coming home from an up-and-down road trip. They now start a seven game homestand, beginning with the Pittsburgh Pirates (24-22).
The Friars are coming off of a big series win against the Los Angeles Angels and they finished the road trip an even 3-3. They won their first series since May 1-3. They seem to have regained their confidence at the plate and the pitching seems to be leveling out. They need all this to come together again in order to beat a tough Pirates club. The Bucs are fresh off of a 3-game sweep of the Miami Marlins at home.
The Bucs have had trouble winning on the road, posting a 9-13 record. Last year, these two teams met twice. The road team won each series two games to one.
As far as injury updates go entering this series, the Padres still find themselves without leadoff man Wil Myers, first baseman Yonder Alonso and 5th starter Brandon Morrow. Myers is still giving his wrist a rest. He has not begun to take swings yet which means he is likely still a week away from joining the team again. Alonso just started his rehab assignment and was 1 for 3 with a walk for the Lake Elsinore Storm Wednesday night. Morrow will throw a simulated game today.
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