Padres Turn to ‘Joey Fuego’ in Matinee Series Finale vs. Rockies

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

No weather postponement worries Thursday afternoon (3:40 ET) from Petco Park in sunny San Diego as the Padres close out a four-game series against Colorado.

Colorado Rockies at San Diego PadresFree MLB Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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There are a lot of games around baseball in the Northeast or Midwest that could be affected/postponed by weather Thursday, but that’s no worry from beautiful San Diego, where the Padres host the Colorado Rockies to conclude a four-game set at 3:40 p.m. ET.

The Friars haven’t won more than 77 games since their last winning season in 2010. While no one expected contention from then in 2017, it was thought the team would take a bit of a jump from last season’s 71 victories with the maturation of some good young players and the free-agent addition of former Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal for $144 million, the largest in franchise history and biggest of this past offseason by any team.

You don’t want to make proclamations this early, but the Padres still stink as they were the last team in the majors to get a win (Tuesday). Hosmer has a good average but isn’t providing any power. His signing also weakened San Diego defensively as the team had to move former first baseman Wil Myers to right field, where he’s below average. It also hasn’t helped that presumed young ace Dinelson Lamet started the year on the DL with elbow issues – there’s no timetable for his return.

Speaking of Myers, he was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday with right arm nerve irritation. Corey Spangenberg and Hunter Renfroe figure to platoon in his place. Also mointor catcher Austin Hedges, who sat Monday & Tuesday with a back problem.

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Have yourself a game, @Villa_at_3B!

This was his 3️⃣rd home run tonight!

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 4, 2018

Probable Pitchers: Anderson vs. Lucchesi

Left-hander Tyler Anderson gets the call for the Rox. He was, pardon the pun, rocked in his season debut last Friday at Arizona, allowing seven runs and five hits with four walks over 2.1 innings. Anderson did avoid a loss, though. He has always had a problem against right-handers, and the Arizona righties were a combined 5-for-9 off him with a double, triple, homer, seven RBIs and a slugging percentage of 1.222. That’s not good. He wasn’t very good this spring, either.

In his three-year career, Anderson is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts vs. the Padres, striking out 15 and allowing 14 hits in 18.0 innings. Manuel Margot is 3-for-6 off him. New Padre Freddy Galvis is 2-for-7 with two strikeouts.

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Joey Lucchesi Ks Ryan Braun for his first MLB strikeout. #Padres

— John Silva (@JohnnySilva619) March 31, 2018

With Lamet out, his spot has been taken by the team’s No. 9 overall prospect entering the season (per in 6-foot-4 lefty Joey Lucchesi. He was undrafted his junior year but became the highest-drafted player to ever come out of Southeast Missouri when the Padres selected him in the fourth round in 2016 following a strong senior campaign. He is the first 2016 Padres draft pick to reach the major leagues and was ticketed for Triple-A El Paso to start this year, but Lamet’s issue changed that.

Last year combined in Single-A and Double-A, Lucchesi was 11-7 with a 2.20 ERA, 148 strikeouts and 33 walks in 139 innings. He made his big-league debut last Friday in a no-decision vs. Milwaukee, allowing three runs and seven hits over 4.2 innings. “Joey Fuego” didn’t walk a batter but whiffed just one. In his minor-league career, he had 204 Ks in 181 innings.

Most Padres wagers at pitcher-friendly Petco should be ‘under’ and that’s the Thursday MLB pick. It’s a getaway day game (some starters may sit), the Rockies don’t know Lucchesi, and Anderson has a strong history vs. the Friars.

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