With the Mariners enjoying their first day off in 16 days, here's a scouting of this weekend's opponent, the San Diego Padres.
Here's a reason to get excited about the return of interleague play: The Mariners get to face the San Diego Padres for three games.
The Padres limp into this series having lost three of their last four against the Chicago Cubs and now own the worst record in the majors at 15-27.
Their weak offense produced just 12 runs in those four games against the Cubs. Worse, their pitching – the supposed strong point of this team – gave up 27 runs in the series and ranks just 19th in the majors in team ERA at 4.25.
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But about the Padres offense: It's capital B-A-D. San Diego is last in the majors in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
The Mariners are also lucky in that they'll miss the Padres' best pitcher, Jake Peavy, who pitched Wednesday.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Pitcher Shawn Estes. Estes is back in the bigs and is scheduled to start on Sunday. Estes, the Mariners first-round pick in 1991, made his first start since Sept. 9, 2005 on Tuesday, beating the Cubs, 4-3 for his 100th career win. Elbow injuries limited him to six innings the last two years.
RECORD VS. MARINERS
First meeting of the season. The Padres were 2-4 against the Mariners in 2007, including a 2-1 mark in Seattle.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the few successful Padres hitters is first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez ranks among the NL top 10 in home runs and RBI.
FRIDAY: RHP Batista (3-4, 5.58 ERA) vs. RHP C. Young (3-3, 3.94), 7:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: LHP Bedard (2-2, 3.48) vs. LHP Wolf (2-3, 5.16), 7:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: RHP Hernandez (2-4, 3.38) vs. LHP Estes (1-0, 2.57), 1:10 p.m.