Game Preview - Giants v Padres
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PETCO Park, San Diego, California Attendance: 29,209
Giants aim to add to Padres' July agony
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
- The Giants are tied for 13th in the National League in runs (34), rank 12th in batting average (.236), and 13th in OPS (.655) since the All-Star break. They have been held to two or fewer runs 11 times in July, most in MLB.
- The Padres won three of four games in the only series these teams played in Petco Park this season. In that series, Padres relievers threw 16.0 innings without allowing a single earned run.
- Buster Posey had a season-high four hits in yesterday's game after totaling six hits in his first seven games after the All-Star break. In his career against San Diego, Posey slashes .305/.365/.526 and has driven in 84 runs in 117 career games.
- Manuel Margot is on a career-long ten-game hitting streak while slashing .378/.425/.595 with ten runs scored. Margot is hitting .361 with runners in scoring position this season, which ranks fourth among National Leaguers (minimum 70 PA).
- Over his last six appearances (two starts, four relief), Derek Holland has struck out 26 over 19.1 innings and allowed just four earned runs. Since that date (July 5), his 12.1 K/9 ranks fourth in the NL, his 0.78 WHIP ranks third in the NL, and his 1.86 ERA ties for sixth in the NL (min. 15 IP).
- Of the 57 National League pitchers who have thrown at least 80.0 innings in 2018, Eric Lauer ranks 57th with a 5.29 ERA and 57th with a .311 opponent batting average.
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SAN DIEGO -- Having extended several Padres' marks for futility, the San Francisco Giants have a chance to make San Diego's lengthy summer a bit longer Tuesday afternoon at Petco Park.
The Giants defeated the Padres 5-3 in 12 innings Monday night , marking the 17th time in 18 series openers at home this season that the Padres have lost. That alone, however, does not tell the whole story. The Padres lost a sixth straight game for the second time in a span of 15 games (2-13) and fell to 8-29 since June 15.
Now they have a chance to finish July with a 5-20 mark, which, percentage-wise, would be the second-worst monthly mark in the 50-season history of the Major League Padres. The expansion team of 1969 went 5-22 in August.
Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.75 ERA) will try to end the Padres' July on another losing note as he's paired against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard (7-10, 5.05 ERA).
Rodriguez, a 26-year-old rookie, will be facing the Padres for the second time this season (and in his major league career). On June 24 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Rodriguez held the Padres to one run on four hits over seven innings but did not factor into the decision.
Rodriguez has made 11 appearances for the Giants and nine starts. The Giants are 7-2 in his starts. Rodriguez is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his starts and 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two relief appearances that covered 6 1/3 innings. He has worked a total of 59 innings, allowing 21 runs (18) earned on 53 hits and 15 walks for a .236 opponents' batting average and a 1.15 WHIP. He has allowed two runs or less in each of his last six starts.
At the age of 34, Richard is the veteran leader of the Padres' staff, although he has struggled of late -- losing four straight decisions over his last six starts. The Padres are 1-5 during a run that has seen Richard give up 28 runs on 36 hits and 18 walks with 16 strikeouts in 32 innings for a 7.88 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.
Richard's problems have only grown in his first two starts since the All-Star break. He has allowed 13 runs on nine hits and six walks in just eight innings.
Before the start of his slide on June 27, Richard had a 7-6 record with a 4.23 ERA in 16 starts. His ERA has climbed 0.82 since.
Richard will be facing the Giants for the fourth time this season. He is 1-1 after his first three starts and has given up 13 runs (12 earned) on 18 hits and seven walks with 13 strikeouts in 15 innings -- for a 7.20 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.
During the course of his career, Richard has faced San Francisco 23 times (20 starts) and is 7-8 with a 4.50 ERA, a 1.449 WHIP and an opponents' batting average of .289. He has pitched 118 innings against the Giants and given up 65 runs (59 earned) on 133 hits and 38 walks with 58 strikeouts.
Updated July 31, 2018