The San Diego Padres will host the Seattle Mariners as the clubs conclude a mini two-game interleague series Wednesday afternoon from Petco Park. The Mariners will send 33-year old right-hander Felix Hernandez to the hill, and the Padres will reply with 23-year old right-hander Chris Paddack. The Padres defeated the Mariners in all four meetings last season.
King Felix Targets First Win Since April 1st
The Mariners will have Felix Hernandez on the mound in this one. Hernandez didn’t quite have his best stuff in his latest start, allowing four runs in six innings against the Angels in another no-decision. The veteran right-hander has only recorded one Quality Start on the season, and he enters this one with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP to go with a 1-1 record. King Felix has enjoyed success against the Padres in his career, registering a 6-4 record with a stifling 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.
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The Mariners have displayed incredible depth in their lineup. They have eight players with at least 14 RBI’s on the season which includes slugger Jay Bruce who has 16 RBI’s. The 11-year veteran right fielder has belted seven home runs this month, and he has nine home runs paired with a .208 average on the season. Bruce went 3 for 8 with one RBI against the Padres last season, however, he’s been sidelined recently with a sore quad.
The Mariners continue to rake at the plate, and they lead the Majors with an average of 6.40 runs per game. The Seattle pitching staff holds a 4.44 team ERA, placing them 16th overall. The Mariners stand at 11-2 on the road this season.
Paddack Searching for First Career Victory
Chris Paddack will get the starting call for the fifth time of the year, seeking his first career Major League victory. Paddack tallied the Quality Start in his latest effort, holding the Reds to three runs in six innings, leading to the loss. The rookie right-hander is enjoying a stellar start to his big league career, sporting a 2.25 ERA and a minuscule 0.80 WHIP in 20 innings of work. This will be his first career start again the Mariners. Paddock has fanned 21 batters in his 20 innings logged.
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Wil Myers is heating up at the plate, registering six hits and four RBI’s in his last five games. The 28-year old right fielder features a terrific .303 batting average, and he has five home runs and 11 RBI’s on the season. Myers went a sharp 6 for 16 with two RBI’s against the Mariners last season. The Padres hold a 5-8 home record on the season heading into Tuesday’s action.
The Padres haven’t been able to score with any consistency this season, and they are only averaging 3.35 runs per game, placing them down at 27th overall. The San Diego pitching features a 3.80 team ERA, good for 10th in the big leagues.
The Seattle Mariners are:
- 6-2 in Hernandez’ last 8 road starts against the Padres.
- 9-1 in their last 10 road games.
- 8-3 in their last 11 games in the second game of a series.
The San Diego Padres are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 games overall.
- 11-27 in their last 38 home games against a right-handed starter.
- 3-8 in their last 11 interleague home games.