The San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, the two main internal obstacles in the re-election intentions of the Los Angeles Dodgers, collide at Petco Park over the weekend seeking to enter the second month of the Major League season in first place. of the fiery West Division of the National League.
Rights Logan Webb (1-1, 4.03 at 22.1 IL) and Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.27 at 31-2 IL) will meet in Friday’s game. Anthony DesClafani and Kevin Gausman will start Saturday and Sunday for the Giants, and Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove for the Padres.
The San Diego offense, which is led by the star Dominican couple of 3B Manny Machado and SS Fernando Tatis Jr., has connected 162 hits against right-handed pitchers. That’s the third most in the majors.
One who will not be in the series is San Francisco left fielder Mike Yastrzemski, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a left oblique strain. Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who had three hits in his debut Wednesday, is slated to fill in for Yastrzemski’s absence from Gabe Kapler’s lineup.
The surprising Giants (16-9) enter the final day of April with the industry lead, half a game ahead of the Dodgers (16-10), while the Padres (14-12) are 2.5 games behind first place. and two of the second.
If the season ended today, those three clubs would advance to the October postseason.
Los Angeles, which has won the division eight years in a row and is the reigning World Series champion, has lost seven of its last 10 meetings to give up first place. In that same stretch, San Francisco is 7-3 and San Diego is 5-5.
San Francisco hasn’t conquered the division since 2012, when it won the second of three World Series titles in five years (also in 2010 and 2014). In its history, San Diego has won the divisional title five times, but the last time was in 2006.
Pitchers from San Diego (2.90), San Francisco (2.93) and Los Angeles (2.97) not only lead the major leagues in ERA per nine innings, but they are also the only ones with a percentage below 3.00. The Giants starting staff has a staggering 2.20 ERA in 147.1 innings after 25 games.
San Francisco is hitting just .227, but thanks to its great pitching, its run differential (+24) is the third best in the majors (tied with the Houston Astros), behind only the Dodgers (+36) and Chicago. White Sox (+31) and above Boston Red Sox (+19) and San Diego (+14).