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1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, September 22, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 31,293

Barely alive in playoff chase, D-backs face Padres

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

  1. San Diego has gone 7-6 in 2019 against Arizona despite having a -14 run differential in these games (49-63). The D'backs swept the Padres last time these teams met in early September, holding the Padres to one run in each of the final two games of the series.
  2. The Diamondbacks scored 18 runs over a three-game series with the Marlins (6.0 per game) immediately following a nine-game span of games scoring three runs or fewer, which was the second-longest such streak in Diamondbacks history.
  3. Padres' hitters struck out 52 times in their last series, third most in a series in franchise history and the most since May 2008 (58 vs. Reds).
  4. Wil Myers has posted a .333/.388/.567 slash line in September after slashing .223/.312/.394 in all months prior. His 20 hits and 12 RBI in September are already his most in any month of 2019.
  5. Manny Machado is hitting .140 in September, which ranks 170th out of 175 hitters with at least 50 plate appearances. He has six hits in his last 15 games, fewest in any 15-game span of his career.
  6. Ketel Marte has 18.0 percent of his team's hits in September (23/128), the second-highest percentage in MLB (David Fletcher, 18.1). He's hitting .412 with a 1.216 OPS against the Padres this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The Arizona Diamondbacks still have the remotest of chances. The San Diego Padres have a new manager looking for his first win.

That's the storyline heading into Sunday afternoon as the visiting Diamondbacks try to sweep a Padres team that appears to have thrown in the towel on the season.

The Padres' downward spiral continued with Saturday's firing of manager Andy Green and replacing him for the final eight games of the season with his bench coach, former major league catcher Rod Barajas.

"We're a better club than we've shown the second half of the season," said Padres general manager A.J. Preller. "We're going to be crystal clear what we expect from players moving forward. What we watched nightly recently, guys are capable of playing better.

"The way we've finished will leave a bitter taste in everyone's mouth. Big picture-wise, we think we're in a good place. It's an attractive job. It is a system that is very talented. We don't want to be in this position again."

That position includes a 24-41 record since going into the All-Star break at 45-45. Plus, they have played some of their worst baseball of late, losing eight of their past nine games. All the Padres have to show for their last six games is seven runs on 27 hits.

"It's just about getting back to who we are and what we're about," said Barajas. "I think what we've seen over the last two or three weeks isn't this club, isn't the Padres. It's about getting back to playing baseball, having fun, laughing in the clubhouse and dugout. We haven't been doing a whole lot of that."

The next opportunity comes Sunday when right-hander Garrett Richards (0-1, 7.36 ERA) makes his second start for the Padres since returning to the major leagues just 14 months after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

Left-hander Robbie Ray (12-8, 4.20 ERA) will start for the Diamondbacks, who remain five games behind the second National League wild-card slot despite posting three straight wins and going 5-2 over the last seven games.

The problems? The season is down to seven games. And the Diamondbacks would have to pass three teams to get to a wild card.

"As long as that small e (the "eliminated" designation) doesn't show up next to our name, the chance is there," said Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. "We just have to keep winning.

The Diamondbacks have been winning ever since they lost seven straight just when they had pulled to within 1 1/2 games of that coveted second wild card.

The 31-year-old Richards made his Padres debut and his season debut on Sept. 16 at Milwaukee. He allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Sunday will be his third career start against Arizona. He is 2-0 against the Diamondbacks with a 0.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a .160 opponents' batting average -- giving up one unearned run on eight hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 15 innings.

Ray will be making his second start against the Padres this season. He gave up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings on April 3 and took the loss at Petco Park.

This will be Ray's 15th career start against the Padres and his eighth at Petco Park. He is 5-5 lifetime against the Padres with a 3.97 ERA, a 1.234 WHIP and a .197 opponents' batting average. He has 103 strikeouts in 77 innings against the Padres.

Ray is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in seven starts at Petco Park.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2019

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