MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 971
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 032
  W: M. Kelly (12-14)   L: E. Lauer (8-10)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, September 20, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 27,023

D-backs hope to save season against Padres

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Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

  1. San Diego has gone 7-6 in 2019 against Arizona despite having a -14 run differential in these games (49-63). The D'backs swept the Padres last time these teams met in early September, holding the Padres to one run in each of the final two games of the series.
  2. The Diamondbacks scored 18 runs over a three-game series with the Marlins (6.0 per game) immediately following a nine-game span of games scoring three runs or fewer, which was the second-longest such streak in Diamondbacks history.
  3. Padres' hitters struck out 52 times in their last series, third most in a series in franchise history and the most since May 2008 (58 vs. Reds).
  4. Wil Myers has posted a .333/.388/.567 slash line in September after slashing .223/.312/.394 in all months prior. His 20 hits and 12 RBI in September are already his most in any month of 2019.
  5. Manny Machado is hitting .140 in September, which ranks 170th out of 175 hitters with at least 50 plate appearances. He has six hits in his last 15 games, fewest in any 15-game span of his career.
  6. Ketel Marte has 18.0 percent of his team's hits in September (23/128), the second-highest percentage in MLB (David Fletcher, 18.1). He's hitting .412 with a 1.216 OPS against the Padres this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The postseason hopes of the Arizona Diamondbacks are quickly fading away.

Not only are the Diamondbacks five games behind the National League's second wild-card slot with nine games to go, there are three teams between Arizona and the promised land.

The Diamondbacks' playoff hopes are on life support. They need a miracle.

Enter the San Diego Padres.

Six of Arizona's final nine games of the season are against the Padres, starting with Friday night's opener of a three-game series at Petco Park in San Diego. The regular season ends the following weekend with the Padres playing three games in Arizona.

In between those two series, the Diamondbacks host NL Central leader St. Louis for three games.

So, the Diamondbacks had better sweep the Padres.

The Padres certainly are susceptible. They have been staggering since the All-Star break, going 24-39 to fall from .500. And San Diego just lost three of four games to the playoff-contending Brewers in Milwaukee while scoring five runs on 19 hits after losing three straight slugfests at Coors Field in Colorado.

For those not ready to do the math, that's a 1-6 road trip.

"The goal is to finish strong," Padres manager Andy Green said recently, adding that the Padres will be using a number of lineup combinations over the final nine games. "We want to give everyone an opportunity."

Meanwhile, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo hopes he will have the talented and versatile Ketel Marte available, although those odds seemed to be getting longer on Wednesday when an MRI showed Marte was suffering from lower back inflammation. The Diamondbacks scheduled a CT scan for Thursday's off day heading into the series in San Diego amid thoughts that the All-Star (.329, 36 doubles, 32 homers, 92 RBIs) could be shut down for the remainder of the season.

"I think it's just an accumulation of the pounding and the year he's had," said Lovullo of Marte's woes. "He said his hips and legs have been sore."

The series opens Friday with Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly (11-14, 4.49 ERA in 30 starts) paired against Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (8-9, 4.60 ERA in 27 starts).

Kelly, who is a 30-year-old rookie because he spent three seasons pitching in Korea, will be making his fifth start against the Padres. He is 2-1 with a 5.03 ERA in his first four outings, giving up 11 runs on 21 hits and nine walks with 17 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.

However, in his last outing against the Padres on Sept. 3 in Arizona, Kelly allowed no runs on three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Kelly has struggled at Petco Park, where he is 1-1 with an 8.22 ERA in two starts -- giving up seven runs on 10 hits and six walks with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Lauer has had some mixed results against Arizona during his two major league seasons. Lauer is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP against Arizona in five career starts. But the Diamondbacks have hit .307 against Lauer, who has given up 10 runs (nine earned) on 35 hits but only four walks with 22 strikeouts in 28 1/3 career innings against Arizona.

This season, Lauer is 1-2 against Arizona with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. In 17 innings, he has given up 21 hits but only one walk with 14 strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2019

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