This is a rematch of last week's pitching duel at Petco Park, won by Chacin and the Padres when Greinke gave up a solo home run to Erick Aybar in the eighth inning for the only run in a 1-0 game. Expecting a repeat in the more hitter-friendly environment of Chase Field might be a little farfetched, but anything goes in baseball.
The Padres (8-12) took the final two games of the three-game series in San Diego, effectively neutralizing a D-backs lineup that has scored a major-league leading 105 runs -- 12 more than any other team in baseball. But it's a different Arizona offense at Chase Field. The D-backs (12-8) are hitting .316 with a .376 on-base percentage and .534 slugging percentage in games played at home -- all major-league-leading figures.
Last week's loss to the Padres was a rare one for Greinke. He's 8-2 with a 1.96 ERA in 17 career starts against San Diego.
But Aybar has been a personal nemesis, hitting .364 (12 for 33) with five doubles and a homer against him in his career. There are only four other players in the majors with 30 or more at-bats who have a higher batting average against Greinke.
Despite his 1-3 record, Greinke has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his four starts.
Chacin limited the D-backs to three singles and one walk over eight innings last week. "I threw all my pitches," Chacin said. "That's why I was able to go so deep in the game."
Chacin has been a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher in his first four starts -- giving up 16 hits and 12 runs in 8 1/3 innings in two starts away from home and six hits and no runs in 14 2/3 innings at Petco.
He is no stranger to Chase Field or the D-backs, having spent five seasons in the Rockies rotation. He is 6-2 with a 2.74 ERA in 15 career appearances (14 starts) vs. Arizona, and he has a 2.83 career ERA at Chase.
Scouting the Padres
After winning 2 of 3 vs. the D-backs, the Padres stayed at home and lost 2 of 3 to Miami, including a 7-3 loss on Sunday.
Offensively, the Padres ranks 26th in the majors in runs scored (63) and batting average (.213). First baseman Will Myers is hitting .354 with four homers and 12 RBI, but four regulars remain below .200: catcher Austin Hedges (.175), Aybar (.164), outfielder Travis Jankowski (.160) and third baseman Ryan Schimpf (.109). Schimpf, however, has four home runs in six games at Chase Field.
San Diego's pitching staff ranks 28th in ERA with a 4.48 mark, and it's even worse on the road, with a cumulative 5.11. The bullpen has a cumulative 5.97 ERA.
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After scoring one run in the final two games of their road trip against the Padres, the D-backs pounded out their frustrations on the Dodgers' pitching staff -- amassing 26 runs, 35 hits, 12 doubles and six home runs in three games.
David Peralta is 14 for 27 in his last six games, bumping his average to .306; and Jake Lamb has reached based in 18 consecutive games since going 0 for 4 on Opening Day. He is 23 for 69 with 10 walks, 15 runs and 18 RBI during that stretch.