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PETCO Park, San Diego, California Attendance: 25,019
Padres open long homestand against Marlins
Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres
- The Marlins and Padres will meet for the first time this season after San Diego won five of seven last season, including three of four at home.
- Miami took two of three against San Francisco and is now 9-4 in its last 13 games, scoring 4.92 runs per game. The Marlins started the season with a 10-31 record while averaging just 2.56 runs per game, fewest in MLB through May 15.
- After scoring 19 runs against the Blue Jays on May 25, the Padres have scored a combined eight runs in their last four games, losing three of them. The Padres have scored four runs or fewer in 38 of their 56 games this season, fourth most in MLB (Marlins are second with 41).
- Jorge Alfaro went 4-for-4 in his last game against the Giants, his first four-hit game in his 186-game career. He leads the Marlins with eight home runs, one of two catchers to lead his team in home runs this season (also New York's Gary Sanchez with 17 HR).
- Eric Hosmer is on an eight-game hitting streak and has a hit in 23 of his last 25 games dating back to May 2. He is hitting .361 in that 25-game span, fourth best in MLB (minimum 75 plate appearances).
- Caleb Smith has made two career starts against the Padres, giving up just one run in 12.1 innings of work. He allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first nine starts this season, but gave up five runs with just one strikeout in his last start against the Nationals.
- Phils walk-off on Harper 2-run double
- Judge, Didi HRs lift Yanks in testy game
- Chapman has 5 RBIs as A's push run to 5
- Yelich hits slam for 33rd, Brewers roll
- Angels score 6 in 1st, 5-0 since break
The San Diego Padres find themselves at the crossroads of opportunity over the next 10 days.
Starting Friday -- with the first of three games against the lowly Miami Marlins -- the Padres play 10 straight at home in their longest homestand of the season at Petco Park. All 10 games are against teams from the National League East, with the Phillies and Nationals following the Marlins into San Diego.
It seems like a perfect opportunity for the Padres to get hot. The only problem is that the Padres are only 14-14 at home this season.
Coming off a 3-3 trip to Toronto and the Yankees, the Padres have played better on the road than at home. The Padres were 31-50 at Petco Park last season.
"We have to start winning at home," Padres manager Andy Green said during the Padres' last homestand.
The timing could be perfect for the Padres to start protecting their well-manicured home turf. Miami is 8-17 on the road this season. Washington is 11-17. Philadelphia is one game above .500.
The Marlins could have one other disadvantage Friday night. Neil Walker, who easily leads the Marlins in batting average (.299) and on-base percentage (.376), left Miami's game Thursday afternoon against the Giants in Miami with a right quad strain and could be headed for the injured list.
"We don't know how severe Walker's injury is," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Thursday's game. "The way he kind of pulls up tells you it's going to be a little bit."
The Padres will open their fifth homestand of the season Friday night in a match of left-handers.
Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 4.25 ERA) will start for the Padres against Caleb Smith (3-2, 3.05) of the Marlins.
Lucchesi will be facing the Marlins for the first time in his career. Smith will be facing the Padres for the third time.
Lucchesi, who originally was scheduled to pitch Wednesday at Yankee Stadium on four days' rest for the first time this season, was moved back to Friday night's start.
Answering a challenge from Green to pitch deeper into games, Lucchesi has pitched into the seventh in each of his last two starts after doing it only once in his first eight starts this season. Over his last three outings, Lucchesi has allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks with 21 strikeouts in 19 innings for a 2.84 ERA and a 0.684 WHIP.
"He's been pitching ahead in the count," said Green. "His stuff plays. He just needs to be aggressive early in the count."
The Padres are 5-5 in Lucchesi's first 10 starts this season. In his two-season career, Lucchesi is 8-6 in 21 starts at Petco Park with a 3.55 ERA, a 1.257 WHIP and a .248 opponents' batting average. He has 116 strikeouts in 109 career innings at Petco Park.
Smith is also making his 11th start. He has a 0.964 WHIP to go with the 3.05 ERA -- allowing 19 runs on 38 hits and 16 walks with 72 strikeouts in 56 innings.
He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA, a 0.892 WHIP and a .186 opponents' batting average in his two previous career starts against the Padres. He is 1-0 at Petco Park, allowing a run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 30, 2019