Lauer expected to start for San Diego against Washington
San Diego; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Diego and Washington will face off at PETCO Park on Saturday.
The Padres are 18-18 in home games. San Diego has hit 96 home runs this season, ninth in the National League. Franmil Reyes leads the team with 19, averaging one every 10.5 at-bats.
The Nationals are 13-20 in road games. The Washington pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.77. Max Scherzer leads the team with a 3.06 earned run average. The Padres won the last meeting 5-4. Adam Warren notched his fourth victory and Fernando Tatis Jr. went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for San Diego. Sean Doolittle registered his second loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 68 hits and has 36 RBIs. Reyes is 6-for-33 with a double, four home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for San Diego.
LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 5-5, .224 batting average, 5.46 ERA, outscored by 12 runs
Nationals: 6-4, .258 batting average, 3.70 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs
Padres Injuries: Matt Strahm: 10-day IL (rib), Garrett Richards: 60-day IL (elbow), Jacob Nix: 60-day IL (elbow), Aaron Loup: 60-day IL (elbow), Dinelson Lamet: 60-day IL (elbow), Brett Kennedy: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jose Castillo: 60-day IL (hip), Travis Jankowski: 60-day IL (foot), Franchy Cordero: 10-day IL (elbow), Jose Pirela: 10-day IL (oblique).
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Trevor Rosenthal: 10-day IL (infection), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot).