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The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels start a three-game series in which both teams are desperate to win a few games to save their respective seasons. The Padres have a record of 68-61 and have lost their Wild Card place in the National League, while the Angels have a record of 63-66 which and are in fourth place in the American League West Division. In the upcoming game, the Padres turn to Joe Musgrove as their starting pitcher, while the Angels are expected to turn to Packy Naughton, who is being called up from the minor leagues to start the match.
Padres are hoping for offensive rebounds in the upcoming game
The Padres see their playoff hopes slip away as they have looked unhappy since the All-Star break and have fought across the board. The hope is that Joe Musgrove can save the fighting team as he has been one of the Padres’ starting pitcher this season, allowing only 51 runs in 24 starts while hitting 160 strokes. In addition, Musgrove allows a .229 expected opponent Batting Average, a .361 expected opponent Slugging Percent and a 3.64 expected ERA, which have been some of the best numbers from any of the Padres pitchers and are one of the few starters, who is successful on the team.
The animal wakes up. pic.twitter.com/wVVICHB3Hc
– San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 26, 2021
In addition to Padre’s pitching rising, the hope is that the potent offensive can also rise with the lineup scoring 4.66 runs per game. Match. Fernando Tatis Jr. has an MVP-caliber season with 35 home runs, a .284 stroke average, a .366 base percentage and a .648 swallow percentage, but the back half of the lineup is what it takes to go up to save the Padres season. Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth have collected 41 home runs this season, while Wil Myers, Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham has collected for 41 home runs this season, indicating that the power is there in the lineup, but production has dropped recently, leading to the team’s matches.
Angels hope violation helps Naughton
The Angels’ playoff chances continue to slim down as the team falls below the .500 mark and has yet to make a strong push for the playoffs. The pitch staff has struggled tremendously this season, and as a result, the team is turning to Packy Naughton to start the upcoming game. Naughton has only beaten an inning at Major League level this season and has allowed a run, but as one of the Angels’ big prospects, there is plenty of hope that Naughton will step in in the back half of the season.
Ohtani’s 41st home run of the season and 1st in Camden Yards! pic.twitter.com/3b2ZIXX1bR
– Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 26, 2021
The hope is that the offense can help Naughton, as Angels’ lineup scores 4.57 runs per game. Match this season. Shohei Ohtani has an MVP-caliber season with 41 home runs, a .365 On-Base Percent and a .628 Slugging Percent Justin Upton and Jared Walsh has collected for 40 home runs, but the back half of the lineup has been a real responsibility for the Angels. Only four hits in the lineup have 10 home runs or more, while only two hits in the lineup have an OPS + of 100 or higher, making Angels lineup a potent but top heavy.
Angels are 5-13 in their last 18 against a team with a winning record.
Angels are 3-8 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record.
Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague matches against a team with a winning record.
Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 matches on grass.
The Padres are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague matches against a team with a losing record.
The Padres are 4-1 in their last 5 interleague road games against a team with a losing record.
The Padres are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague road games.
The Padres are 10-3 in their last 13 interleague matches.
The Padres are 27-11 in their last 38 against the American League West.