San Diego Padres rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is a student of the Bible but it seems that his opponents are doing most of the praying these days. Tatis, the son of 11-year MLB veteran Fernando Tatis, hopes to keep honing his five-tool skills while extending his hitting streak to 11 games when San Diego continues its eight-game homestand Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.
"I've never seen a player that young with the talent he has," teammate Manny Machado told reporters about the 20-year-old Dominican native, who has six home runs, 13 RBIs, seven walks, four stolen bases and an OPS of .954. "Nobody. He's got the power. The speed. The glove. The arm. The baseball smarts. I really haven't seen a talent like that by such a young guy. He has that little pep to his step that he knows he's good, and deserves to be up here. ..." Seattle doesn't have any young phenoms on its roster but is collectively crushing the ball, leading the majors in home runs (56) and runs scored (160) by a wide margin with Mitch Haniger (seven homers, American League-high 25 runs scored) and Domingo Santana (AL-best 26 RBIs) leading the way. Both clubs have struggled since beginning quickly as the Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 games since starting the season 13-2 while the Padres (12-11) are 1-6 in their last seven. Seattle's Erik Swanson takes the ball Tuesday and hopes to build off his excellent first MLB start while opposing fellow rookie Nick Margevicius, who boasts an 0.90 WHIP after four turns despite getting crushed in his last.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FS San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Erik Swanson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Padres LH Nick Margevicius (1-2, 3.60)
Swanson, who was acquired from the New York Yankees in the James Paxton trade, allowed a solo home run to Jake Bauers among two hits with five strikeouts in six innings of a 1-0 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Ohio native, who was an eighth-round pick by Texas in 2014, could remain in the rotation as long as Wade LeBlanc recovers from an oblique injury. Swanson permitted two runs over two innings of relief in his major league debut April 11 in Seattle's 7-6 victory at Kansas City.
Margevicius yielded five runs and seven hits while striking out seven in four innings of an 8-2 loss to Colorado on Tuesday after allowing one run in each of his first three starts of the season. The 22-year-old Cleveland native has 19 strikeouts in 20 innings with an excellent changeup and fastball that reaches only the low 90s. Margevicius, a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 by San Diego, pitched in Class A last season except for one appearance in a Double-A playoff game.
1. Seattle set an MLB record for most home runs in the first 25 games of a season, breaking the old standard of 55 by St. Louis in 2000.
2. Padres RHP Kirby Yates has a National League-most 10 saves in 10 tries and has struck out 19 in 12 innings this season.
3. The Mariners have tied their club record for best road start to a season by going 11-2.
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- HamstringQues Fri | 10-day IL
Tatis Jr. has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain, and it has yet to be established if he will return to action for Friday's contest against the Marlins.
- FootOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Dickerson suffered wrist strain and has been placed on the 10-day injured list without a timetable for recovery.
- NeckProb Wed | probable
Paddack is dealing with neck stiffness but is expected to make his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Yankees.
- ShoulderQues Mon | questionable
Reyes sat out the previous game due to soreness in his left shoulder, and it is unclear if he will play Monday against the Yankees.
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 60-day IL
Loup will miss an extended length of time and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a left elbow strain.
- KneeEarly June | 10-day IL
Mejia has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. He is expected to be away from the field until at least the start of June.
- KneeEarly June | 60-day IL
Diaz has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recovering from surgery to fix a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He is lining up to rejoin the team during the beginning of June.
- ArmEarly June | 60-day IL
Kennedy has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with arm fatigue and is not expected to return until the early part of June.
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- AchillesEarly June | 60-day IL
Tuivailala has been transferred to the 10-day injured list while recovering from a torn right Achilles and is expected to be sidelined until at least the start of June.
- BackEarly June | 10-day IL
Healy has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his lower back. He is projected to return to game action during the beginning of June.
- WristEarly June | 10-day IL
Gordon is on the 10-day injured list due to a contusion on his right wrist. He will likely rejoin the lineup during the beginning of June.
- HandProb Sat | probable
Seager has been activated from the 60-day injured list where he was recovering from surgery to correct the extensor tendon in his left hand. He is projected to return for Saturday's game against the Athletics.
- KneeProb Fri | probable
Narvaez was lifted from the previous game due to a left knee contusion but is expected to be in the lineup against the Athletics on Friday.
- PectoralEarly June | 10-day IL
Bautista has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a pectoral strain. He has begun a rehab assignment but is not expected to return to the lineup until the beginning of June.
- WristQues Wed | questionable
Moore has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from a right wrist contusion. It has yet to be established if he will return to the field Wednesday against the Rangers.
- BackLate June | 10-day IL
Hernandez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 lat strain and is likely to miss four to six weeks as a result.
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