The San Diego Padres host the Tampa Bay Rays Monday in the first game of a three-game series. The Padres are 55-62 while the Rays are 69-50. Left-hander Joey Lucchesi (7-6) gets the start for the Padres while the Ray have not yet named a starter. Game time is 10:10 p.m. Eastern at PETCO Park in San Diego.
Rays take their show on the road
The Tampa Bay Rays are playing some of their best baseball of the season right now. They have won 10 of their last 12 to improve to 69-50. When this run started they were basically tied with the Red Sox, but they have left Boston in the dust. They are now sitting in the sec ond wildcard spot, 1.5 games ahead of the A’s and 7.5 games up on the Red Sox. They won their third straight on Sunday, beating Seattle 1-0. Ryan Yarbrough (10-3) pitched a gem, allowing 3 hits and 0 runs in 8.2 innings. Emilio Pagan came on in the 9th to shut the door and earn his 11th save. Trade deadline pickup Eric Sogard delivered the only run, blasting a home run. Jesus Aguilar and Avisail Garcia each had 2 hits.
The Rays offense has been very good in recent weeks. They average 4.7 runs per game, which is 17th in the league. They have a team batting average of .255, which is 11th in the league and they have a slugging percentage of .434, which is 17th. They are 18th in home runs. Austin Meadows leads the Rays with a batting average of .286 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs. Brandon Lowe, who is on the IL, has 16 home runs and 49 RBIs. Trade deadline pickup Eric Sogard is batting .306 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs. Lowe and Yonny Diaz are on the 10 day IL while Tommy Pham is questionable.
The Rays pitching has been bitten by the injury bug. Yonny Chirinos has joined Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow on the IL. All are due back in September in time for the stretch run. But for now, they have to rely on their bullpen and spot starters, who have performed well. They have a team ERA of 3.54, which is second in the MLB. They have a WHIP of 1.17, which is third. The Rays have not yet named a starter for Monday but this might be a spot where Andrew Kittredge (1-0) gets the call.
Padres look to play spoiler
The San Diego Padres were hoping to make the playoffs this year when they signed Manny Machado to a $300 million deal in the off season. That’s not going to happen, but the Padres have improved. They had won 3 straight against the Rockies before losing the series finale on Sunday 8-3. Starter Dinelson Lamet pitched okay, allowing 2 runs in 5 innings, but the bullpen got rocked. Craig Stamman took the loss. Francisco Mejia had 3 hits including a home run and an RBI for San Diego. Josh Naylor also had a home run and an RBI.
The Padres offense has been producing in recent weeks. They average 4.3 runs per game, which ranks 22nd in the majors. They have a team batting average of .246, which ranks 20th in the league, and a slugging percentage of .434, which is 17th. They are 12th in home runs. Rookie Fernando Tatis, Jr. has been a bright spot for the Padres. He leads the team with a batting average of .324 with 22 HRs and 53 RBIs. Hunter Renfroe leads the team with 31 home runs, along with 61 RBIs and a .242 batting average. Manny Machado is tops on the team in RBIs with 70, along with 26 home runs and a .267 batting average.
The Padres pitching has been better than last year, but is still pretty run of the mill. They have a team ERA to 4.50, which is 17th in the majors. They have a team WHIP of 1.28, which is 6th. Joey Lucchesi gets the start on Monday. The left-hander is 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA. He gave up 2 runs in 5.1 innings in a no-decision in his last outing.
- Padres are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 1 of a series.
- Padres are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 2-11 in Lamet’s last 13 starts.
- Padres are 0-5 in Lamet’s last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 0-11 in Lamet’s last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 0-6 in Lamet’s last 6 home starts.
- Rays are 6-0 in their last 6 road games.
- Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Rays are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague road games.
- Rays are 9-2 in their last 11 overall.
- Rays are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. National League West.