Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 7.04 ERA) vs. Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 1.72 ERA)
The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres are back in the saddle at Petco on Sunday in beautiful San Diego. The Diamondbacks were 3-2 winners on Saturday after the Padres took the first game by a score of 3-0 on Friday. Merrill Kelly stepped up in a big way as he gave up just 1 earned run to the Padres.
Chris Paddack was just okay for the Padres, though a little run support would have gone a long way. Paddack allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. The bullpen pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball to give the Padres a chance late.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was responsible for both runs scored by the Padres. He started the game off with a solo shot, and then he brought the Padres within a run late with another deep bomb. Tatis Jr. went 3-for-4 as the only Padre to show up at the plate.
He recorded both RBI’s, runs, and home runs for the Padres. The young Tatis Jr. is quickly becoming the most dangerous hitter in the San Diego lineup. He’s been outperforming the expensive Manny Machado who is hitting just .193 with 2 home runs in 2020.
The Padres need Machado to come around if they are going to see success in 2020. Tatis Jr. carrying the load just isn’t going to work without some help elsewhere in the lineup. Machado is being paid a lot of money to play at an elite level. Hitting .256 isn’t elite and that’s what Machado registered in his first season in San Diego in 2019.
He did swat 32 long balls, but the Padres would like to see him around the .300 mark at the dish. On the other side, the Diamondbacks want to see something out of their prized free agent signing as well. Madison Bumgarner, a newcomer to the Diamondbacks, has struggled in his first three games. He gets the nod against flamethrower Dinelson Lamet of the Padres on Sunday. Head below for our free Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres pick for August 9, 2020.
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Madison Bumgarner is searching for his lost velocity today. We haven’t seen Bumgarner’s fastball working for him this season. There were signs of his velocity tailing off last season, and it’s been a major concern for the Diamondbacks early in 2020. Bumgarner can turn things around, but he has to develop more of a finesse element to his game on the bump. If he is just going to continue to depend on his fastball, it’s likely not going to work out very well. Bumgarner enters Sunday with an ERA of 7.04 and 1.37 WHIP in 15.1 innings of work.
His most concerning start was against the Houston Astros. The Astros got to Bumgarner for 7 hits and 7 earned runs in 4.1 innings. They were feasting and Bumgarner was chased out of the game earlier than he planned on. Bumgarner has been strong against this San Diego roster in the past. He’s held the D-backs to a .129 batting average and .225 OBP in 139 at-bats. I’m going to give Bumgarner the benefit of the doubt and believe that he’ll find outs against the Padres today.
From a guy losing his velocity to a pitcher that is on fire. Dinelson Lamet has been in terrific form and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday. It’s not easy to put the lid on the Dodgers’ offense, but Lamet was toying with them in his last start. Overall on the season, Lamet owns an ERA of 1.72 and 1.15 WHIP. Batters are hitting .193 against Lamet in 15.2 innings.
He’s given up 1 earned run in each of his three outings this season. There was confidence in the Padres organization that Lamet was going to breakout and it seems to be the case so far. In spring and summer training, he didn’t give up a run across 9 innings and notched a 0.44 WHIP. That form has stuck with Lamet in the regular season as well. The D-backs have scored only 3.4 runs per game for 26th in the majors. Lamet should have his way with the Arizona lineup on Sunday. I’m favoring another low-scoring final score in the series finale at Petco.