The Padres enter this series tied for second place in the National League West standings with a 12-11 overall record. San Diego has lost eight of their 13 games at Petco Park, while the Mariners are 11-2 on the road so far this year. Can Seattle continue their success on the road at Petco Park by stealing the first game of their interleague series versus the Padres on Tuesday?
Swanson making strong impression for Mariners
Seattle is expected to send 25-year-old right-hander Erik Swanson to the hill at Petco Park for his second career MLB start. Swanson lost his first career Big League start, despite tossing six innings of one-run ball last time out against the Cleveland Indians. He struck out five batters and walked none on the night, but was undone by a solo home run by Jake Bauers, which turned out to be the only run for either team on the night. The 25-year-old comes in with an 0-2 record and a 3.38 ERA in two appearances (one start) so far this year. Swanson was called up to replace veteran starter Wade LeBlanc, who was placed on the injured list with a strained oblique. He uses a deceptive fastball to blow his way past opposing hitters, while also mixing in a changeup and a slider to keep hitters off-balance.
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Through 25 games this season, the Mariners remain the top offensive team in baseball with 160 runs and they also lead the Big Leagues with 56 long balls so far this year. Seattle is slashing a healthy .264/.343/.516 at the plate to go along with an MLB-leading .859 OPS. They are also batting a healthy .289 (5th in the MLB) with 10 home runs versus left-handed pitching.
Margevicius exhibiting strong command through four starts
The Padres are scheduled to hand the ball to 22-year-old lefty Nick Margevicius, who will be making his fifth career Big League start. Margevicius comes in with a 1-2 record to go along with a 3.60 ERA, but he’s exhibited terrific command of the strike zone through his first four outings. The 22-year-old lefty has struck out 19 batters and walked just two through his first 20 frames, while averaging just 71.3 pitches per start. He’s allowed one earned run or less in three of his four starts, but is fresh off of his worst outing of the season, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in four innings of work at home against the Colorado Rockies.
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Opposing hitters are batting only .213 off of Margevicius, who owns a healthy 0.90 WHIP so far this year. Prior to the start of this season, the 22-year-old had never pitched above the high-A level in the minor leagues.
- Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
- Mariners are 3-11 in their last 14 Tuesday games.
- Mariners are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games.
- Padres are 10-2 in their last 12 games following an off day.
- Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games.
- Padres are 12-5 in their last 17 during game 1 of a series.