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Infused by prospects, Padres looking to end losing ways

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The still first place Dodgers will try to conclude their six-game road trip with a series win against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have yet to face their Southern California rival and this will be first time in many years that they play a Padres team above .500 in May.

The 18-14 Padres have not finished a season above .500 since 2010 and this streak of eight losing seasons is their longest since the first nine years of their existence. From 1969 to 1977, the Padres had a losing record until finishing 84-78 in 1978.

It looks like their fanbase is excited though in past seasons, plenty of Dodger fans made the trip down to San Diego.

Unfortunately, one of the top prospects in baseball, Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr., was placed on the 10-day injured list this past Tuesday with a left hamstring strain. Tatís had both the offensive and defensive game that produced highlights on a daily basis and hopefully he will be healthy the next time the Dodgers take on the Padres.

The Padres will start three left-handed pitchers against the Dodgers while the Dodgers will have an extra day of rest for their rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda.

Game one: Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Eric Lauer (2-3, 4.41 ERA)

Friday, May 3 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Clayton Kershaw may be the Giant killer but he is certainly very comfortable pitching against the San Diego Padres and at Petco Park. Kershaw has started 34 games against the Padres, he is 18-6 with 222⅔ IP, 1.90 ERA and 236 strikeouts. At Petco Park, Kershaw is 8-2 in 14 starts, he’s pitched 89⅔ innings and has a 1.61 ERA and 95 strikeouts.

Among the current Padres who have faced Kershaw, Wil Myers is 3-for-30 with 10 strikeouts, Eric Hosmer has one of the two home runs hit against Kershaw, he is 5-for-15 in his career against him.

Opposing Kershaw is a pitcher who pitched very well against the Dodgers in 2018. Eric Lauer was a rookie last year but he pitched like a crafty veteran against the six-time NL West Division winner.

Lauer was undefeated in three starts against the Dodgers. He pitched 19⅔ innings and gave up two earned runs for a 0.92 ERA. He struck out 18 and had a WHIP of 1.017.

His best starts this season were his first start when he pitched five scoreless innings and got the win against the San Francisco Giants. The other good start was his last one against the Washington Nationals, he gave up two runs in 5⅔ innings with six strikeouts.

Lauer has pitched at least five innings in his six starts this season.

Not surprisingly, none of the right-handed hitting hitters who are still on the Dodgers, hit well against Lauer. Kiké Hernández is 1-for-10, the one hit being a home run. Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and David Freese also have just one hit against Lauer.

Both Cody Bellinger (3-for-6) and Max Muncy (2-for-3 with a home run) showed some success against the same-sided pitcher so you will likely see them in the lineup on Friday night.

Game two: Rich Hill (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 4.94 ERA)

Saturday, May 4 - 5:40 p.m. PDT - TV: SportsNetLA, Radio: KLAC 570 AM

Another pair of left-handers are starting on Saturday evening. Rich Hill is making his second start of the season and he will try to build on his six inning outing on Sunday.

Hill has overall good numbers against the Padres in his career. In 11 career starts, Hill is 6-4 with a 2.89 ERA.

However, last season, Hill gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings pitched at Petco Park. Hunter Renfroe has two home runs and is 6-for-18 against Hill.

Joey Lucchesi was also a rookie in 2018. Last year, Lucchesi made three starts against the Dodgers and he lost each one of them.

In 12⅔ innings pitched, Lucchesi gave up 13 runs (12 earned), 18 hits, five home runs and six walks. He did have 15 strikeouts.

The bad news is that the Dodger that did the most damage against Lucchesi was Matt Kemp. Kiké Hernández, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes did homer against him last season.

Game three: Kenta Maeda (3-2, 4.41 ERA) vs. Nick Margevicius (2-3, 3.23 ERA)

Sunday, May 5 - 1:10 p.m. PDT - TV: SportsNetLA, Radio: KLAC 570 AM

Kenta Maeda returns to his favorite ballpark to swing a bat. A career .154 hitter with a .538 OPS in 15 plate appearances at Petco Park, this was the place where in his first career game in April 2016, Maeda hit his only career home run.

In seven career starts at Petco Park, Maeda is 3-2. He has pitched 35 innings and given up 19 runs (18 earned) and 35 hits. He has a 4.63 ERA and has 42 strikeouts against nine walks.

Nick Margevicius is making his first career start against the Dodgers. The 22-year old rookie left-handed pitcher has made six starts and pitched 30⅔ innings this season. He has 26 strikeouts and 10 walks.

The seventh round pick for the Padres in the 2017 draft, Margevicius was never ranked in the Padres Top 30 prospects by Baseball America. He is the second pitcher from the 2017 draft to pitch in the majors.

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