The Houston Astros hope to continue their unprecedented offensive surge at MMP against the San Diego Padres.
Although the Astros just roasted the Rangers for 39 runs in three games, of course it happened on the road. Back at Minute Maid Park, Houston is a mere one game over .500, at 35-34.
This is the first and only series this season between the Padres and the Astros. They did not face each other last season either. In 2021, they faced off six times, with the Padres winning four of them. Houston’s most recent victory in the series was on September 3, when Houston took a 6-3 win. Carlos Correa (21) and Kyle Tucker (23) went deep as eight Astros pitchers kept the Padres to three runs on seven hits and six walks (three by Kendall Graveman). Blake Taylor (3-4, 3.38) earned the win, and Ryan Pressly (23, 1.80) saved it.
The Astros and Padres used to face each other all the time when Houston resided in the National League. Resultingly, the two teams have faced each other 606 times, with Houston holding a 316-290 edge. That’s both their 15th best and 15th worst record against an opponent. Conversely, San Diego’s .479 winning percentage in common play ranks as their 11th best. The two have only met once in the postseason, the 1998 NLDS, which Houston dropped, three-games-to-one.
These three games against the Padres is the first half of a six-game homestand, with the Oakland Athletics coming in on San Diego’s heels for three games of their own. Upon completion, the Astros will travel to Missouri to face the Kansas CIty Royals three times.
In Houston’s last series, the Astros vaporized the Arlington Mall Blarts by a combined score of 165-8. Astros hitting went deep 16 times while Rafael Montero (3-3, 5.06), Framber Valdez (11-9, 3.30) and Justin Verlander (11-7, 3.23) each collected victories. In the finale, Houston won by a 12-3 final score behind home runs from Yordan Alvarez (25), Michael Brantley (2), Jose Abreu (13, 14) and Chas McCormick (20).
The Padres just completed a seven-game homestand, defeating the San Francisco Giants three times in four and taking one-of-three from the Philadelphia Phillies. In the finale, Philadelphia won, 5-1 behind six shutout one-hit innings from Zack Wheeler (11-6, 3.49). Michael Wacha (11-3, 2.99) took the loss while Garrett Cooper knocked in San Diego’s only run.
Houston Astros: 80-61, .567, leading the AL West. Third in the AL, fifth in MLB. Last 10: WWWWLLLWWW. On pace for: 92-70. Playoff Odds: 96.3 percent.
San Diego Padres: 66-75, .468, fourth in the NL West, 19.5 games behind the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers. 10th in the NL, seven games behind the final wildcard position. 20th in MLB. Last 10: WLLLWWWLWL. On pace for: 76-86. Playoff Odds: lol
Around the AL West
The Mariners are finishing up a 10-game road trip with four against the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Los Angeles Angels are hosting the Cleveland Guardians for four. Meanwhile, the free-falling Texas Rangers are hosting the suddenly not-last-place Oakland Athletics for three games starting Friday. Let’s Go A’s!
Gametime and Starting Pitchers
7:10 PM CT — Blake Snell (12-9, 2.50) vs. Hunter Brown (10-10, 4.53)
6:10 PM CT — Seth Lugo (6-6, 3.49) vs. Cristian Javier (9-3, 4.65)
1:10 PM CT — TBD vs. J.P. France (10-5, 3.72)
Who’s Hot (highest WPA vs. Rangers)
Yordan Alvarez .335
Alex Bregman .312
Jose Altuve .297
Chas McCormick .225
Jose Abreu .188
Who’s Not (lowest WPA vs. Rangers)
J.P. France -.463
Yainer Diaz -.087
Ryne Stanek -.002
Martin Maldonado .003
Phil Maton .003
Houston vs. San Diego. How many times will Houston make the Fathers say "Uncle?"
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