As the San Diego Padres prepare to face off against the San Francisco Giants once again, they are hoping against a repeat of last week’s performance. Up in San Francisco, the Giants swept the Padres, led by pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Tonight, down in San Diego, the Padres are gearing up for another three-game battle against the Giants, who have won six of their last eight games against the Friars. With Andrew Cashner starting on the Padres’ mound at Petco Park, that streak might end here. Cashner is poised to make his second start of the season, and will have his pitch limit increased from 65 to 80 pitches.
The Giants followed their Friars sweep with a single win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but ultimately lost the series, giving the last two games to Arizona. At the same time, the Padres snapped out of their funk to win the last game of their at-home series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Though their first two games went to the Brewers, the Padres dramatically rose out of the ashes to finally end their losing streak and secure themselves a 2-1 win.
Against the Giants on their home turf, the Padres need to continue with that winning spirit. The team famously spent time and money in the preseason to revamp Petco Park in order to move in the dimensions of the field’s fences and walls, which were some of the largest in the league. Perhaps the new dimensions will give the Padres a new advantage against the Giants, a team that has yet to play at Petco Park since the changes have taken place.
The Padres have been struggling this season to find their footing, as well as deal with a slew of injured and suspended players. But they have proven time and again that it just takes one win to get the team rolling on a winning streak. Tonight, they might prove that the Giants can’t take them twice.