Series Preview, pt. 2: Padres Head to Oakland

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Apr 6, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; General view before the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres (32-35) limp into Oakland to finish the four game home and away series with the Athletics (28-39). Yesterday was a hard-fought game and the Padres have not been able to find a way to put away the A’s so far.

The A’s outscored the Padres 15-6 in the first two games. The series now shifts to Coliseum. Offensively the Padres showed lots of life in the second game but the bullpen continues to be unlike the 2014 version.

Game 1, Wednesday 7:05pm

Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.64 ERA)

Despaigne makes his 10th start of the season. This will be his first career start in Oakland and also against the Athletics. He has a career 5.40 ERA in 3 interleague games. He had an excellent start last time out against the Dodgers, going 6 1/3 innings while only allowing one run.

Chavez has allowed 7 runs in his last two starts but has been really effective otherwise. This is his 8th year in the big leagues and fourth with Oakland. He has pitched just 5 1/3 innings against the Padres with a 5.06 ERA in his career.

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