The Yankees may have added some ammunition in the offseason to catch up with the Astros, but they still have work to do to catch up to the class of the American League. Houston have gotten off to a predictably nice start to the season. They enter Friday evening with a record of 6-1. There haven’t been any signs of a hangover for the Astros, who are right back at winning baseball games. And for the Padres, it’s been more of the same for them as well. The Padres look like they’re ready for another losing season. They have done a fine job of replicating their failures early in the 2018 season.
San Diego enter the weekend series against the Astros with a record of 1-6. It’s been a while since the Padres have put a competitive team on the diamond and that should remain the same in 2018. They haven’t reached the postseason since 2006, when they were bounced in the first-round against the Cardinals. The only bright spot thus far was the performance of Christian Villanueva against the Rockies. Villanueva connected on 3 long balls to lead the Padres to a 8-4 win. That’s about all the Padres have had to get excited about. As far as the Astros are concerned, there are more than a few things to be happy over, one of which, just receiving their World Series rings from the championship in 2017. Get our free Padres vs. Astros pick below.
San Diego Padres vs. Houston Astros Pick
Luis Perdomo (0-1, 11.25 ERA) vs. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
Lance McCullers deserved his World Series ring, as he has played a prominent role in the resurgence of the franchise over the past few years. McCullers was notably a major contributor in the postseason for the Astros. There were a lot we can name who played a role in getting them a World Series and McCullers is a guy we can’t forget about. McCullers opened the year against the Rangers and pitched well, allowing just 2 runs across 5.1 innings. Dating back to the postseason, he’s surrendered 5 runs in his last 17 innings pitched. In his career with the Astros, he’s been better at home with a 2.39 ERA, compared to 4.92 on the road.
Perdemo is getting his second start of the season as well. His first was a train wreck, as he was taken for 7 hits and 5 runs in just 4 innings on the hump against the Brewers. Dating back to last season, Perdemo has allowed 13 runs in 16 innings. In his rookie year he posted an ERA of 5.71 and then improved a bit a year ago, with a 4.67 ERA. The Brewers also got to him for a 2.75 WHIP and .478 OBA. The only likely scenario that the Padres keep up with the Astros tonight is the Astros failing to want to play tonight. If they overlook San Diego, that may open up enough of a window for the Padres. However, I can see Perdemo getting exploited in Houston tonight. The best offense in baseball should be able to handle Perdemo at home. By the end of the night, I suspect we’ll see a 1-7 Padres team and 7-1 Astros.