|6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, August 4, 2020
Petco Park, San Diego, California Attendance: 0
Padres face key test vs. visiting Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
- The Dodgers have held their opponent to fewer than 10 hits in all 10 games this year, their second-longest streak to start a season since moving to LA (11 straight in 1997).
- The Padres started 6-2, but have dropped two in a row. San Diego has allowed at least 10 hits in five consecutive games, its longest such streak since September 2017. The last time it allowed 10+ hits in six consecutive games was September 2014 (8 straight).
- The Dodgers have won the season series against the Padres at Petco Park in each of the last nine seasons (since 2011). Los Angeles has been especially dominant in San Diego the last two seasons, taking 14 of the 19 meetings at Petco.
- Max Muncy has 11 HR and 31 RBI in 35 games against the Padres since 2018. He is the only player with 10+ HR and 30+ RBI against the Friars since that year.
- Trent Grisham has a team-leading three home runs for San Diego. Only one player who switched teams in the offseason has more home runs than Grisham -- Nick Castellanos, four home runs with the Reds.
- Walker Buehler is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 42 strikeouts against just five walks in four career starts against San Diego.
- Yanks to start C Higashioka, sit Sánchez
- Twins tout home-field edge on Astros
- A's finally get playoff series
- Young Blue Jays enter playoffs confident
- Playoffs could start new era for Marlins
It's still early in the shortened baseball season, but the San Diego Padres might feel some urgency on Wednesday heading into the rubber game of a three-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.
A win would not only give the Padres a morale-boosting series victory over the perennial National League West champions, but it also would give San Diego the same record as the Dodgers with the clubs set to play four times in Los Angeles next week.
The Padres were 4-6 at Dodger Stadium last season.
Wednesday's game is a showdown of right-handers with Garrett Richards (0-0, 3.38 ERA) starting for the Padres against the Dodgers' Ross Stripling (2-0, 2.92). It will be an interesting matchup. Richards and Stripling are both known for their stuff and command. The first two games of series featured velocity on both sides.
The Padres have to be smarting from the events of Tuesday -- losing after Dinelson Lamet pitched 5 2/3 no-hit innings and the game turning against the hosts on a pair of costly errors.
"You can't give the Dodgers extra outs and extra bases," said Padres manager Jayce Tingler, who backed off a comment after he said his team "threw it away."
Richards will be making his third start of the season Wednesday. Coming off 2018 Tommy John surgery, Richards has allowed four runs on nine hits and four walks with 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings this season in starts against Arizona and Colorado.
Richards will be making his seventh career appearance and fifth start against the Dodgers, although this will be his first start against the Dodgers since Sept. 9, 2015, when he faced them in an interleague game while with the Angels.
Richards has a 1-0 career mark against the Dodgers with a 1.78 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and .221 opponents' batting average. He has worked 30 1/3 innings against Los Angeles, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 23 hits and 12 walks with 30 strikeouts.
While Richards, 32, is a slider/cutter pitcher, the 30-year-old Stripling features a killer curve. And he's been at his best in the Padres' home ballpark.
Stripling has a 3-1 career record at Petco Park with a 1.96 ERA a 1.04 WHIP and a .206 opponents' batting average over 18 1/3 innings in eight appearances (two starts). He has struck out 24 Padres at Petco Park. Overall against the Padres, Stripling is 4-5 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 15 appearances (seven starts). The Padres have hit .260 against him.
Stripling made 15 starts for the Dodgers in 2019 with 17 appearances out of the bullpen. He was 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA (matching his career ERA) and a 1.15 WHIP. Now solidly in the rotation, Stripling has allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings in two 2020 starts. His WHIP is an excellent 0.81.
Stripling's strength is his command. He has allowed 2.1 walks per nine innings over his career.
--Field Level Media
Updated August 5, 2020