The San Diego Padres snapped a four-game losing streak by winning the opening game of a weekend home series against the Mets. They have won six of their last seven series and look to take a step toward winning another with a second straight victory over New York in the second game of four-game set on Friday. The Mets have now lost two of three following a five-game winning streak last week.
New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres
Friday, June 04, 2021 – 10:10 PM EDT at Petco Park
The San Diego Padres began to turn things around after returning home on Thursday. The Padres jumped to a 4-0 lead over the New York Mets and held on to take a 4-3 win in the opener of their four-game weekend series. San Diego snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in the last seven.
The Mets had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning and it looked like maybe the MLB scores would read different today but their comeback fell short. They will look to win for the first time on the West Coast since the 2019 pre-pandemic season and add to their lead, which was sliced to 3.5 games in the National League East with Thursday’s loss.
The Mets continued to struggle against the top teams in Major League Baseball. With the loss to the Padres on Thursday, New York fell to 2-11 against teams with a winning record this season, easily the fewest wins against teams over .500 in baseball. New York headed to San Diego after winning 10 of 13 against Colorado and Arizona, who are a combined 43-72.
The Mets could probably win their division simply by beating up on the bad teams on the remaining schedule. They’re currently the only team in the division with a record over .500. In order to make any noise in the playoffs, however, New York will need to show it can beat teams like the Padres.
As expected, the Mets, who have been hit hard by injuries this year, were without Jonathan Villar, who hurt his hamstring the day before. He’s day-to-day.
The Mets will start Joey Lucchesi, who faces his old team for the first time since the Padres traded him to New York in the offseason. He’s 1-3, 6.56 with the Mets and has struggled to go deep into his starts. He went just 3.2 innings in his last appearance, during which he threw 70 pitches.
As expected, the Padres were without Tommy Pham on Thursday. He had a scary collision with Ha Seong Kim the day before. He needed stitches, and Kim was put into the concussion protocol, although both seemed to escape serious injury.
The Padres were also without Eric Hosmer on Thursday, but that appeared to just be a day off to give him rest after going 1-for-8 in his last two outings. Fernando Tatis was back, however, after another injury scare and hit a two-run home run in Thursday’s game.
The Padres are struggling to find offense lately. The team has hit just .218 in the last 10 games and has outscored opponents by three runs over that span, after building a +76 advantage on the season, second best in the National League.
“We’re going to go through pockets where we have times like this,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “This isn’t the first time, and it’s not going to be the last. We’re going to continue to take care of ourselves, keep competing. This thing is going to turn. …It’s been a long pocket, no doubt. But that’s the way the league is.”
Former Cy Young winner Blake Snell will try to help pull the Padres out of this pocket with a strong start on the mound. He is 1-2, 5.55 on the year and has just one quality start. He’s striking guys out, with 70 in 47 innings, but he’s getting knocked around when opponents make contact. He could be deciding factor for bettors when making their MLB picks.
It’s another expensive money line on the MLB betting lines for a team that’s been in a “pocket” of a mini slump, but the Padres have the edge in the pitching matchup, especially considering that many of the players in their lineup have seen Lucchesi up close up until this year. Look for the bats to begin to catch a spark.
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