The Padres dropped the first game of this crucial four-game set and will now look to hold onto their divisional lead at Petco Park.
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
San Francisco moved within a game of the San Diego Padres after a 7-3 win in Thursday’s opener at Petco Park. The Giants have a 3-9 record against the Padres this season, including a 2-4 mark at tonight’s venue. “We’ve had some bad times against these guys, so winning the first one is big for us,” said last night’s starter Matt Cain. Offensively, the team blasted four home runs in the spacious park, marking the first time in 61 games that San Francisco accomplished that feat. With their seventh win in nine games, the Giants also moved within a game of Wild Card pacesetter Atlanta. “They’re all important games…you just don’t want to put ‘do or die’ in any game,” manager Bruce Bochy stated. The club is now 37-36 on the road this season (+300) and the total is 39-33 O/U in those contests.
The Padres are sinking fast and today’s opponent has been given new life due to their losing streak.
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres
Colorado picked up a 4-3 road victory versus the Padres on Friday night and moved to within 6 1/2 games of the division lead. The Rockies had dropped three in a row heading into this weekend series, but the club has had great success against San Diego this season. “What we talked about at the beginning of the season was winning the division,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “That’s what gets you into the playoffs the easiest way.” The team has been led offensively by outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is riding an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .500 with six home runs and 14 RBIs over that stretch. The team also remains confident heading into the final two games of the series due to a 33-29 all-time mark at Petco Park. Colorado is 29-24 against the division this season (+140) and the total is 20-32 O/U in those contests.
The Marlins are red hot and have had great success against tonight’s opponent in tonight’s venue.
Florida Marlins at San Diego Padres
Florida took game one of this three-game series against the first-place Padres, 4-2, at Petco Park. The club had dropped five of its first six games against San Diego this season, but they have won 10 of 13 at today’s venue. Since going 2-7 against the Friars in 2000, the Fish have tallied a winning 32-29 mark against them. It marked the 12th win in their last 18 games, as they continue a seven-game road trip (3-2) tonight. The Marlins are 32-39 against right-handed starters (-630) compared to 20-12 versus lefties this season. On the season, Florida has gone 15-18 versus NL West clubs and have gone 205-318 against Western foes in their 18 years in the league. Playing on Saturdays has been a bit problematic for the young club, posting a 6-11 record this season (-690), but they are 34-32 over the last three years.
This afternoon’s series finale features two of the hottest hurlers in all of baseball.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Los Angeles managed to win Tuesday’s opener despite being held to five hits and only collected four in Wednesday’s 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. “Unfortunately, when you are not scoring a lot of runs, you’re putting a great deal of stress on the pitching,” manager Joe Torre said. The Dodgers have still won five of seven contests and sit six games back of the Padres in the division. The club is a dominating 25-9 against NL West opponents (+1,630), which is by far the best intra-division mark in baseball. Los Angeles made a move just before last night’s game, acquiring outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Kansas City Royals. He’s among the major league leaders with 30 steals and batting .379 during a current 15-game hitting streak. The Dodgers are an even 13-13 in day games (-190) this season and the total is 10-14 O/U in those contests.
The NL West-leading Padres are in for a dog fight on Thursday night.
Houston Astros at San Diego Padres
Houston left Milwaukee with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon, securing the team’s first month this season in which it didn’t finish at least six games under .500. The Astros also moved its winning streak to nine straight on Wednesday’s this season. “It seems like we’re playing better baseball,” reliever Brandon Lyon said after the game. Houston crossed over the magic four-run barrier against the Brewers, moving its record to 27-11 when scoring four or more runs, which might be tough to do against the league’s best pitching staff coming up. The Astros are 21-39 against right-handed starters (-940), with the team facing southpaws just 18 times (9-9).
San Diego looks to push its record to a game above .500 this month and hold onto first place in the NL West.
Baltimore Orioles at San Diego Padres
Baltimore held a 2-1 lead on Friday night heading into the bottom of the ninth, only to see the Padres rally for a 3-2 victory behind 1B Adrian Gonzalez’s bases loaded single. The club has converted just 47.8 percent of its save opportunities, the lowest percentage in the major leagues. The Orioles have now lost 18 of their last 21 games, being outscored 127-50 over that span. Friday’s loss also dropped the club to 2-8 in interleague play this year. In facing a left-handed starter tonight, Baltimore’s offense will be paced by OF Nick Markakis, who leads all left-handed batters in baseball with a .375 batting average against them. The club has been outscored 65-28 in their last 12 road games, as they are 8-37 in their last 45 games away from Camden Yards.
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