How late is it?
that is the problem facing San Diego Padres When returning home from a 10-match expedition hosted by them, Pittsburgh Pirates Monday’s three-game opener
the clock is running backwards PadresConsidered by many to be a postseason shoot-in after bolstering an already-strong roster with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Michael Wacha, Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter
But things rarely go according to plan. Most recently, San Diego, given a chance to wipe out the bottom-tier Detroit Tigers on Sunday, lost 3-1, dropping four games below .500 with 62 games remaining.
Monday’s contest also marks the beginning of a six-game homestand. However, following that, pirate The Texas Rangers, top of the American League West, are coming to town. Padres He then appeared again in 8 of 12 games.
of PadresOnly four home games in that period will not be easy either.National League West leader Los Angeles Dodgers come to town
series win vs. pirate sure it might help Padres Determine the atmosphere of the homestand and beyond. Pittsburgh is only 2-7 since the All-Star break, but they swept San Diego in a three-game set in late June.
“We played a solid all-around series against away teams.” Padres,” pirate Manager Derek Shelton said after the team beat San Diego 21-9 on June 27-29. “Especially from the bullpen, I was able to pitch well, hit timely times, and played good baseball against a dangerous team.
on the other hand, Padres“They might be playing good baseball, San Diego manager Bob Melvin thinks his team tends to beat them.”
“I think we should be confident that we can win the series or do well here, regardless of who we play against,” Melvin said. “I don’t think it matters who the opponent is.
“But at this point, every series will be a challenge for us.
Offense was often difficult to achieve Padres, have scored 3 or less in 44 percent of their games this season.In those games, San Diego is his 6-38
Right-hander Yu Darvish (7-6, 4.36 ERA) will challenge the team to helm. Padres Making his 18th start of the season on Monday could break this negative trend.
Darvish allowed four hits in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, wrapping up his first winning streak since early June.
Darvish has started nine career games against the Central League, recording 4 wins and 2 losses and an ERA of 2.63. pirate
Pittsburgh will send the same right-hander Quinn Priester (0-1, 11.81) to the mound in the series opener.
It will be Priester’s second start in the major leagues, but the first one didn’t go so well. He gave up 7 hits and 7 runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Guardians on July 17. Priester had two walks and two strikeouts in the loss.
–Field level media