San Diego Padres Look to Salvage One from Los Angeles
By Tim Ryder
The San Diego Padres head into tonight’s matchup at home with the Los Angeles Dodgers looking to avoid a sweep.
The San Diego Padres haven’t had a day off since April 1. After taking three out of four from the San Francisco Giants last weekend and losing the first two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers at home this week, the Friars look to salvage a win before taking a well-deserved day off tomorrow.
Luis Perdomo is back on the mound tonight for the Padres after serving his five-game suspension for his role in the bench-clearing, glove-throwing brawl with the Colorado Rockies last Thursday.
Perdomo is carrying a 4.91 earned-run average with him into his fourth start of the season. His 2.09 WHIP and seven walks in eleven innings are a bit troubling. But his thirteen strikeouts in those innings equate to 10.78 strikeouts per nine innings, well above his career marks of 6.49 in 2017 and 6.44 in 2016.
Padres have had success against Maeda
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Kenta Maeda will be on the hill for the Dodgers tonight.
Maeda, 30, has a 2.08 earned-run average in 8.2 innings pitched this year with fourteen strikeouts and only three walks.
His last start came to an end after just 2.2 innings after giving up two earned runs on five hits to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
A few of the San Diego Padres’ regulars have decent career numbers against Maeda.
Carlos Asuaje (.500 in four at-bats, one RBI), Freddy Galvis (.556 in nine at-bats, one homer, three RBI), and Jose Pirela (.333 in six at-bats) have all had success against him in the past.
Cory Spangenberg apparently is unaffected by Maeda’s assorted variety of pitches that come from three different arm angles.
Spangy has two homers and three RBI (.300 average) in ten career at-bats against the 30-year-old Japanese right-hander.
Hunter Renfroe has also done well against Maeda, owning a .400 average with a homer and three ribbies in ten at-bats.
If the Friars are going to snap out of the funk they’ve been in over the last two games, tonight seems like the perfect night to do it. Let’s Go Padres…