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The San Diego Padres have won 6 of their last 10 games and they’re looking to capitalize on their hot streak to start the second half of the season. While the San Francisco Giants have stumbled on a 4-game losing streak to end the first half of the year. The NL West rivals are scheduled to meet for the start of the second half at Petco Park.
Clayton Richard, Photo Credit: MLB
The Padres have chosen Clayton Richard (5-8, 4.66 ERA) as their starting pitcher for their first game after the All-Star break. Richard had a solid last game in the first half, giving up one run and one homer with two strikeouts in six innings.
Johnny Cueto, Photo Credit: MLB
While the Giants will start Johnny Cueto (6-7, 4.51) to face Richard. Cueto had a horrible game to cap off his first half; he gave up six runs, one homer, and six walks with two strikeouts in six frames. He’s gotten more strikeouts (98 vs Richard’s 75) and more homers (19 vs Richard’s 14) throughout this season. But he has given up the same number of runs as Richard.
San Francisco Giants vs Richard, Photo Credit: MLB
Buster Posey, Photo Credit: Footwear News
Buster Posey is the biggest threat to Richard out of the Giants’ lineup. He has 11 hits, six runs, two homers, and 8 RBI over 31 plate appearances against the lefty. He’s posting a .407/.452/.704 stat line and a 1.155 OPS versus Richard.
San Diego Padres vs Cueto, Photo Credit: MLB
Carlos Asuaje, Photo Credit: Friars on Base
On the other hand, Padres’ Carlos Asuaje (.302/.339/.377, .717 OPS) hasn’t played that much this season but his insertion into the rotation has brought new life to San Diego’s offense. He’s gotten seven hits, 3 RBI, and one run over the past five games.
Most of San Francisco’s batters have done relatively well against Richard and if they continue to do so, then the Padres might have a difficult game ahead of them. While San Diego’s best batter, Wil Myers, is posting a .150/.190/.300 line and a .490 OPS against Cueto. Myers did have two hits, one run, and one homer in four at bats this year versus Cueto but it’s hard to count on that, especially with their history.
Projected Winner: San Francisco Giants