Preview: Streaking Rays look to pick up 5th straight win as series against Padres continues
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay Rays (70-50, second in the AL East) vs. San Diego Padres (55-63, fourth in the AL West)
Rays: Brendan McKay (2-2, 4.55 ERA)
Padres: Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.51 ERA)
Tampa Bay’s Sogard puts 10-game hit streak on the line against Padres.
The Padres are 28-32 in home games. The San Diego offense has compiled a .246 batting average as a team this season, Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the team with a mark of .315.
The Rays have gone 39-22 away from home. Tampa Bay is slugging .433 as a unit. Austin Meadows leads the team with a slugging percentage of .526. The Rays won the last meeting 10-4. Austin Pruitt secured his second victory and Avisail Garcia went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for Tampa Bay. Joey Lucchesi took his seventh loss for San Diego.
Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 79 RBIs and is batting .281. Manuel Margot is 8-for-27 with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for San Diego.
Meadows leads the Rays with 19 home runs and is batting .285. Mike Zunino is 5-for-19 with three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Padres: 5-5, .270 batting average, 4.95 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
Rays: 8-2, .267 batting average, 2.77 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs
Padres Injuries: Adam Warren: (forearm), Robert Stock: (bicep), Garrett Richards: (elbow), Jacob Nix: (elbow), Adrian Morejon: (shoulder), Aaron Loup: (elbow), Brett Kennedy: (shoulder), Miguel Diaz: (knee), Jose Castillo: (finger), Franchy Cordero: (quad).
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: (forearm), Yonny Chirinos: (finger), Anthony Banda: (elbow), Jose Alvarado: (oblique), Tommy Pham: (hand), Joey Wendle: (wrist), Brandon Lowe: (leg), Yandy Diaz: (foot).