Juan Soto will be looking to extend his 21-game on-base streak as the San Diego Padres (40-46) host the Los Angeles Angels (45-43) at Petco Park on Wednesday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the three-game Interleague series.
The Padres lead the series 2-0 after winning 8-5 on Tuesday. Joe Musgrove went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on three hits and striking out 11, and Josh Hader pitched 0.2 scoreless innings to pick up his 19th save.
Jake Cronenworth went 3 for 4 with a home run and two doubles in the win. He had three RBIs. Xander Bogaerts added a home run, two runs, and three RBIs. Hunter Renfroe was 1 for 3 with a home run and two runs for the Angels. Jo Adell added a triple, one run, and one RBI.
ON THE MOUND
Patrick Sandoval (4-7, 4.69 ERA) is slated to start for Los Angeles. The lefty allowed seven runs over five innings in his last start, a 9-7 road defeat against the White Sox on Thursday. He took the loss, scattering eight hits while striking out eight and walking two.
For San Diego, right-hander Seth Lugo (3-4, 3.59 ERA) takes the mound. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Angels. Lugo made one appearance against the Angels in 2022, throwing 1.1 innings for the Mets in a 4-1 road win on June 12.
He struck out one and walked one. In his last start on Friday, Lugo took a no-decision on the road against the Reds. He threw six innings and gave up one run (0 ER) on five hits, striking out six, in the 7-5 loss.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Los Angeles has averaged only 3.2 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.9, while slashing worse across the board (.206/.287/.375). Against righties like Lugo this season, the Halos have a .774 OPS.
Shohei Ohtani is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a 1.047 OPS in 241 at-bats. San Diego is averaging 7.6 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.4 for the season, with an improved slash line (.277/.340/.486).
The Padres have a .757 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a 1.054 OPS over 65 at-bats, Fernando Tatis Jr. has been their best hitter against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is on a three-game losing streak in road games, bringing their record to 22-23 in 2023. The Halos have scored 5.3 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.6 runs.
San Diego has gone 22-22 at Petco Park this season, averaging 4.4 runs per game while surrendering 3.7. In the last 10 meetings at Petco Park, Los Angeles is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.4-4.1.
The Angels are third in the AL West, seven games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Padres are fourth in the NL West, 10 games behind the Diamondbacks.
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