San Diego Padres is preparing for a major test in the 4-game Road Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, so it's ready for an aggressive enhancement.
Manny Machad, who missed nine games due to a left ankle twist, is expected to return Thursday for a series opener between the top two teams in the National League West.
Padres did not put Machad on the list of injured for 10 days after taking off his first base bag and rolling his ankle in the June 19th match in Colorado. .. The team was optimistic that the star's third baseman would return sooner.
In fact, Padres touted the idea of using Machad in both games of the Quick 2 Game Road series against Arizona Diamond Bucks this week. San Diego won the finale 4-0 on Wednesday, finishing three consecutive losses.
"Manny had another good day (Thursday). He could be used if needed," said Bob Melvin, San Diego's manager, after the match. "We didn't get to that position, but we're making great strides. Maybe he'll show up someday in the next series."
Former Dodger Machad is now He hit .328 with .945 OPS, 12 home runs and 46 RBI in the season. After an off-season motorcycle crash, Padres could lean on Machad for the last 10 days until he was 5-4 without him, even without his fellow star Fernando Tatis Jr. rice field.
Thanks to the upcoming Padres starter Joe Masgrove (8-1, 2.12 ERA) for Machad's contribution on Thursday. Right-handed people still want Dodgers to succeed, but he's 0-4 and has 4.26 ERA against them in his six career starts.
Dodgers will open the longest home stand of the season. There will be 11 games until July 10th.
Right-handed Mitch White (1-1, 4.25 ERA) will ride the mound on Thursday to gain one inning experience against San Diego. He threw 1-2-3 frames against San Diego on April 23rd.
Los Angeles wants to find a consistency of up and down attacks by pressing the reset button while staying at home for a long time. .. The Dodgers won 8-4 against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Wednesday, but lost three of the previous four games.
The Dodgers started their journey with 26 runs in three sweeps in Cincinnati and played two out of three in Atlanta. They finished 6-3 on a three-city tour on Thursday after achieving just four runs in two games in Colorado.
"It's a positive thing to get people offensive into this next series," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "(Padres), as we've seen, requires some energy. We have to play good baseball accordingly. In any case, there are a lot of baseball to play. , I want to play the best baseball in this series. "
Freddie Freeman started Dodgers on Thursday with a home run in his first inning. It was the third long ball on his trip, but it was his first ball since emotionally returning to his previous home in Atlanta last weekend.
Despite the turbulent times of tears in Atlanta this week and the dismissal of his representative, Freeman continues to win 13 games in a row, during which .407 (22-for-54) (22-for-54) ) Is hit by four people. Home run and 13 RBIs.
"We're a little up now, so keep doing that for San Diego," Freeman said.
– Field Level Media