Monday, March 4, 2024

MLB Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (67-86) at San Diego Padres (75-78)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS NOTES:

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SAN DIEGO PADRES NOTES:

Padres sweept 2nd straight series, take down Rockies 3-2 on Wednesday & enjoy off day

  • On Wednesday, San Diego won their 7th straight game and swept their 2nd straight series with their 3-2 win over the Rockies…starter Seth Lugo went 6.0 innings with 2 runs allowed on 7 hits with 7 punchouts. Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a double, and in the 7th inning, Luis Campusano’s pinch-hit RBI tied the game at 2-2, and Ji-Man Choi’s sac fly put the Padres up 3-2.

Padres riding a 7-game winning streak

  • The Padres have won 7 straight games, their longest streak since their 8-game streak from June 17-25, 2021…their last 9-game win streak was from May 14-23, 2021. The Friars have also won a MLB-best .889 winning percentage since Sept. 11 (8-1), and they’ve won 3 straight series for the 2nd time in ’23…yesterday’s win was their 2nd straight series sweep, the 1st time sweeping their opponents in consecuitve series since 2021.

Padres in their final homestand of 2023 season

  • The 6-game, 7-day homestand vs. Colorado & St. Louis marks San Diego’s final regular season homestand of 2023…on Monday vs. COL, the Padres set a new club home attendance record, and they currently have a 3,104,297 home attendance mark in 76 games at Petco Park…including their 2 games in Mexico City this year, the Padres’ 3,143,541 overall home attendance ranks 3rd in MLB, ahead of the 4th-ranked Cardinals (3,117,590) and behind the Yankees (3,149,759) and Dodgers (3,683,173).

Don’t wake me up before September ends

  • The Padres have MLB’s best on-base percentage in the month of September so far at .347….the Padres are also 13-5 (.722) this month, owning the best record in baseball.

Soto and his walks

  • After drawing 2 walks on Wednesday, Juan Soto now ranks 2nd all-time in walks by a Padre in a single season with 126, behind just Jack Clark’s 132 in 1989…Soto is 3 walks ahead of Kyle Schwarber for the MLB lead and led the Majors in walks in both 2022 and 2021.

Campy swinging a hot sheleighleigh

  • Luis Campusano’s .312 average this season is the highest among all big league catchers (minimum 100 ABs)…he was placed on the IL with a left thumb strain from mid April to mid July, and since being reinstated in 40 games, he’s hit .323 with a .867 OPS.

STARTING PITCHER – 60 PEDRO AVILA RHP
last outing 9/17 @ OAK (3.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, 5 K) current scoreless streak 3.0 IP (1 g) Pitches: 4-Seam Fastball (34.8%) Changeup (24.8%) Sinker (20.4%) Curveball (20%)
▶ Sunday @ OAK, made his 1st relief appearance since August 21 vs. MIA…it was his 12th appearance of the season (has made 5 starts and 7 in relief).
▶ 6 of his 9 career relief outings have come at Petco Park, where he owns a 1.57 ERA (4 ER, 23.0 IP), 1.00 WHIP and .190 AVG in relief.
▶ Avila has posted a 3.38 ERA this year, which among all rookie hurlers who’ve thrown at least 40.0 IP, ranks 7th-best in the NL (Tom Cosgrove’s 1.91 ERA leads the pack).
▶ He’s been recalled 2x this season from Triple-A El Paso.

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