Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres (8/16-8/19)

The Arizona Diamondbacks end their road trip with a four-game set against the San Diego Padres.

After splitting their two-game series with the Texas Rangers, the Arizona Diamondbacks fell to 2-3 on their current road trip. Luckily, Arizona is coming off a big win in their most recent game — a 6-4 triumph over Texas. The win was impressive for a few reasons. First, they beat a pitcher in Yovanni Gallardo who was 7-1 going into the game. Then, it was also notable because Patrick Corbin threw a gem and Paul Goldschmidt continued his torrid post-May performance with his 27th dinger.

Now after a day off, the D-Backs head to beautiful San Diego for four games at Petco Park. It will be their first four-game series of the second half. After this series, however, the D-Backs’ schedule gets much tougher.

In-Depth Series Preview:

(odds courtesy of OddsShark)

Who: Arizona Diamondbacks (66-55) at Texas Rangers (48-75)

When: Thursday, August 16th through Sunday, August 19th

Where: Petco Park in Arlington, San Diego, CA

Head to Head: Arizona is 7-3 vs. San Diego this year.

World Series Odds: Arizona (+1600); Texas (+90000)

Local TV: Rangers (Fox Sports San Diego); Diamondbacks (Fox Sports Arizona)

Local Radio: Rangers (KBZT 94.9 FM); Diamondbacks (KMVP 98.7 FM)

National TV: All games are available to MLB.tv subscribers.

National Radio: All games are available to MLB.tv or MLB Gameday Audio subscribers. Right now, MLB.tv is just $49.99 for the remainder of the season or $24.99 monthly. MLB Gameday Audio is included with MLB.tv but you can also subscribe separately for $19.99/mo.

Series Schedule: 

  • Thur, August 16th: ARI at SD, 10:10 ET
  • Fri, August 17th: ARI at SD, 10:10 ET
  • Sat, August 18th: ARI at SD, 8:40 ET
  • Sun, August 19th: ARI at SD, 4:10 ET

Projected Starters:

Expert Scoop on San Diego:

“The Padres are in full evaluation mode right now. With the promotion of Jacob Nix, Brett Kennedy, Walker Lockett, and other minor leauge arms, the team is trying to find which arms have a role on the team moving forward. There’s also the Wil Myers at 3B experiment going on as they try to figure out how to solve the outfield logjam problem. This team is struggling to find its place right now with all the movement and positional changes.”

-Site Experts at Friars on Base, FanSided’s home for everything Padres.

Key Injuries:

Old Friends:

  • Andy Green: Now the manager of the Padres, Green coached third base for the D-Backs in 2015 and also played for them during the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons. In 136 games between 2004-06, Green hit .199 for Arizona.
  • Dave Magadan: Now the hitting coach for Arizona, Magadan hit .268 for the Padres in 302 games (1999-2001). After that, his first coaching job came in San Diego as their hitting coach (2003-2006).
  • Brad Boxberger: The current D-Backs closer broke into the bigs with San Diego in 2012. In two seasons with the Padres, he posted a 2.72 ERA in 42 appearances.
  • Jon Jay: The current D-Backs leadoff hitter spent the 2016 season with the Padres, hitting .291 in 90 games.

Stat Nerds:

  • As of August 16th, Ketel Marte is the only MLB player with at least 10 singles, doubles, triples, and home runs in 2018.
  • With one more home run, Daniel Descalso will set a career-high for home runs in a season. He currently has 10, the same as he had last year for Arizona.
  • John Ryan Murphy is hitless in his last 29 at-bats.
  • Patrick Corbin has the highest post-ASG batting average among pitchers with at least 10 at-bats.

Fun Stuff:

  • During their four-game series, the Padres will celebrate Trevor Hoffman‘s Hall of Fame induction. All four games will feature Hoffman-themed giveaways for fans in attendance.
  • Arizona is currently 1.5 games ahead of the Rockies and Dodgers for first place in the NL West.