The last time thefaced the , they narrowly avoided being swept at home, winning the last game in the series 4-3. Tonight, they head over to San Diego to play the Friars on their home turf. What has been the Modus Operandi of the Padres over the course of this season?
1. Good pitching. The Padres have the lowest
2. Mediocre hitting. If PETCO Park gives the pitchers a helping hand, it obviously does the opposite for hitters, so take the Padres' .685
3. Solid defense. Looking at advanced defensive metrics, it's easy to see why the Padres' ERA is so much lower than their xFIP: Beyond the park factor, they play good defense. Fielding statistics like The Fielding Bible's Defensive Runs Saved and UZR suggest they are one of the best defensive teams in the majors.
Thursday, July 1st:vs. . Back-end junkballers.
Friday, July 2nd:vs. Mat Latos. Dueling aces.
Saturday, July 3rd:vs. . Promising, under-achieving young guys.
Sunday, July 4th: Brett Myers vs. Wade LeBlanc. "I don't throw hard, but I'll dominate you in anyway."