Jun 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) hits a two RBI single in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Padres (35-40) limp on home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (35-37) to start their home stand. They travel home after a 3-5 road trip and a tough shootout loss to the Giants 13 to 8.
The Diamondbacks are still ahead of the Padres in the NL West. They are currently 1 1/2 games ahead of the Padres for third place. They are coming from a series loss in Denver to the Colorado Rockies. Offensively, the Diamondbacks are 7th in the major leagues with a .262 average. They are also a threat to steal bases as they are second in the majors with 63 steals.
The Padres do have the upper hand in pitching, even with the staff not living up to expectations. The starting rotation has a significant advantage over that of the D-backs. That won’t matter if the Padres don’t hit. That sounds familiar. The Padres need to break the trend of not being able to come through with the bats. They showed signs of that in San Francisco.
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