San Diego Padres news: What to know about the series against the Atlanta Braves

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Nick Martinez
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Nick Martinez / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping three of four games to the Milwaukee Brewers to open the homestand, the San Diego Padres (8-9 on the season) welcome the Atlanta Braves (12-4) to Petco Park for a three-game series beginning on Monday night.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Padres and Braves, with San Diego taking three of four games in Atlanta just over a week ago.

Projected starting pitchers for Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres

Monday (6:40 p.m. PT) — Max Fried (0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Ryan Weathers (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

Tuesday (6:40 p.m. PT) — Spencer Strider (1-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (0-2, 6.92 ERA)

Wednesday (1:10 p.m. PT) — Charlie Morton (2-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. Nick Martinez (0-1, 5.60 ERA)

Petco Park happenings for Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres

Monday — Johnny Ritchie night

As we mentioned last week, the Padres will be wearing replicas of the 1948 Pacific Coast League uniforms during Monday’s game to remember the 75th anniversary of Ritchey breaking the baseball color barrier on the West Coast. San Diego has already embraced the new look on social media.

The Padres will continue to make an impact with Monday's tribute by autographing and auctioning off the game-worn jerseys, with proceeds going to the Johnny Ritchey Scholarship Fund. As a note, this will be the sixth different jersey worn by the Padres in the last six games.

Monday is also the African-American Heritage Celebration at Petco Park, tying in with Ritchey's accomplishments and the recently celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

Tuesday — Trevor Hoffman Replica Jersey giveaway

The first 40,000 fans in attendance at Petco Park will receive a 1998 replica Trevor Hoffman jersey. Additionally, the 1998 NL champion Padres will be commemorated during pregame ceremonies.

San Diego Padres statistic to know

One of the early problems for the Padres has been coming through at the plate with runners in scoring position (RISP). Heading into Monday's series opener, San Diego ranks 27th among MLB's 30 teams in RISP production, slashing just 200/.273/.364 in 140 at-bats.

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