The San Diego Padres host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series beginning Friday, June 16th at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The Rays lead their respective league divisions and MLB with a 50-22 overall record, while San Diego holds fourth in NL West standings with an overall 33-35 record so far this season.
Tampa Bay enters this contest riding a two-game win streak and ranking second overall with 405 runs scored this season, along with an OBP rating of .338 and 29-5 wins when hitting at least two homers during a game. Tampa Bay’s success lies with their potency at bat. Isaac Paredes leads in RBI with 46 while Yandy Diaz and Randy Arozarena each hit 12 homers this season for Tampa Bay, who ranks second overall with 115 home runs this year – one of only 5 teams to surpass 100 homers this year.
In their latest contest, the Rays defeated Oakland A’s 4-3 at Tropicana Field to earn a split in their series and surprised many with the result of this matchup. Their offense came alive in the third game winning 6-3 and allowed them to earn another important win for themselves.
Pitching for Tampa Bay will be Shane McClanahan, who has a record of 10-1, a 2.18 ERA, a 1.11 WHP and 92 strikeouts.
On the other hand, the Padres have struggled at home this season, winning only 7 out of their last 15 home contests. Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with a batting average of .280, 34 RBI and 14 home runs this season, giving him an excellent opportunity to hit multiple long balls in this contest.
San Diego ranks 9th in steals, 11th in home runs, and the greatest walk rate in Baseball. They just have trouble getting base hits. It ranks 28th in MLB for their team’s batting average of .229 and when runners are in position to score, the amount drops.
Yu Darvish of the Padres will pitch for them with a record of 5-4, an ERA of 4.30, a WHIP of 1.16 and 74 strikeouts in 12 starts this season.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs San Diego Padres Game Information
- Date: 06/16/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Petco Park.
- How to Watch: Rays vs Padres MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV