The San Francisco Giants (39-32) host the San Diego Padres (35-36) at Oracle Park on Monday to open a four-game series. The Padres just wrapped up a successful six-game homestand (4-2). They won two out of three in their last series against the Rays, taking the finale 5-4 on Sunday at Petco Park.
Trent Grisham was 1 for 2 with a double and two runs. The Giants are back home for a seven-game homestand after concluding an undefeated six-game road trip.
They are coming off a three-game sweep of the Dodgers, taking the finale 7-3 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium for their seventh straight win. Brandon Crawford went 1 for 3 with a double and one run.
The Padres have won all two games this season between the NL West rivals, including a 6-4 victory in their most recent meeting on April 30 at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu. Luis Garcia threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win, and Josh Hader earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.
ON THE MOUND
Michael Wacha (7-2, 2.89 ERA) is in line to take the mound for San Diego. The right-hander ranks third in the NL in ERA. Wacha threw 6.2 scoreless innings in his last start, a 5-0 road win over the Guardians on Wednesday. He was credited with the win, giving up four hits while striking out five and walking one.
RHP Alex Cobb (5-2, 3.09 ERA) will toe the rubber for San Francisco. He has made one prior start against the Padres this season, giving up three runs over five innings in a 6-4 road defeat on April 30.
He gave up seven hits while striking out seven in the no-decision. In his last start on Tuesday, Cobb took a no-decision on the road against the Cardinals. He threw four innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking two in the 11-3 victory.
AT THE PLATE
The San Diego offense is averaging 4.2 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .228/.319/.396. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the team in OPS at .913. The shortstop is slashing .285/.352/.560 with 14 home runs, 34 RBIs, and 36 runs over 51 games.
Against right-handed pitchers like Cobb this season, the Padres have a .688 OPS. Juan Soto is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .948 OPS in 160 at-bats.
San Francisco is slashing .255/.331/.423 for the season and averaging 5.0 runs per game. LaMonte Wade Jr. leads the team with a .885 OPS.
The left fielder has nine home runs, 27 RBIs, and 38 runs scored with a slash line of .280/.416/.469. San Francisco is averaging 9.6 runs per game in the last five with a higher slash line (.310/.385/.457).
The Giants have a .765 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .914 OPS over 172 at-bats, Wade Jr. also has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
San Diego is 16-16 away from Petco Park in 2023, scoring 4.4 runs per game while allowing 4.2 runs. San Francisco has gone 18-17 at home this season, averaging 4.2 runs per game while surrendering 4.3. In the last 10 meetings at Oracle Park, San Diego is 7-3 despite an average scoreline favoring San Francisco (4.9-4.6).
The Padres are fourth in the NL West, eight games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. The Giants are third in the NL West, four games behind the Diamondbacks.
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