If the San Diego Padres are going to do much of anything this year they need guys like Dinelson Lamet to step up.
Game 2 – Robbie Ray vs. Dinelson Lamet
The Padres will face back-to-back lefties to start the season with Robbie Ray taking the ball in game two for the Diamondbacks.
While it wasn’t great compared to the rest of the league, San Diego did hit much better against lefties last year than they did righties.
And they hit Ray particularly well last season posting a 5.40 ERA against him in 13.1 innings (3 starts) with just 9 strikeouts for a big strikeout pitcher.
Newcomer Tommy Pham has a good history against Ray with 5 hits in 10 at-bats. You could even see Ty France get a start in that game as the right-handed hitter has had success against Ray.
Lamet did not face Arizona last year, and things did go so well against them in 2017, which has little significance on what will happen Saturday.
Game 3 – Zac Gallen vs. Garrett Richards
A lot of unknown with this one as Arizona throws out a young guy in Gallen. However, he did dominate the Padres in his lone start against them last year allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk over 7 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts.
We’ll need Trent Grisham to step up in this one against the righty.
And then Richards has been around the block for a while, but we’re not sure what we’ll get from him in 2020.
He made two of his three abbreviated starts last year against the Diamondbacks and gave up 5 earned runs in 5 innings mostly aided by 6 walks.