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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres Pick & Prediction MAY 5TH 2021

FinishedTV: Bally Sports Network | ATTPPetco Park San Diego

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964San Diego Padres

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For the past week, pitching has been the focus for the San Diego Padres as they scrambled to fill two spots in the rotation.

What went under-noticed was that the Padres' loaded offense has slipped into a major slump.

San Diego goes into the rubber match of its three-game series with the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night having scored 13 runs in the first five games of a six-game homestand. That they are 3-2 in those games is a tribute to the Padres' pitching -- particularly the overworked bullpen.

"We just haven't been able to get enough runs on the board," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said after Tuesday's 2-1 loss. "We're just not swinging it and stringing quality at-bats together. We don't have a lot of guys hot."

In the first two games against the Pirates, the Padres have three runs on seven hits. They have left just 10 runners on base.

And while the Padres will send out ace right-hander Yu Darvish on Wednesday, the Padres will have to deal with Pirates right-hander JT Brubaker, of whom Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said: "He gets a lot of off-balance swings."

Darvish is 3-1 this season with a 2.13 ERA. Brubaker is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA. Given the way both teams are swinging the bat -- the Pirates' two runs Tuesday followed back-to-back shutouts -- this shapes up as a pitching duel.

The 6-foot-3, 27-year-old Brubaker will face the Padres for the first time. San Diego's sixth-round pick from the 2015 draft, he is in his second major-league season. In five starts in 2021, Brubaker has allowed eight runs on 23 hits and five walks in 27 1/3 innings. He has given up four homers.

But Brubaker also has a 6-to-1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio, striking out 30 and walking five. He lost his two most recent starts despite allowing five runs in 12 innings on 12 hits and no walks. The problem is the Pirates scored only three runs in the two games combined.

"I'm gaining confidence in what I can do," Brubaker said recently. "I've had success trying some different things."

As for Darvish, no pitcher has as many weapons. Personal catcher Victor Caratini has been calling up to seven different kinds of pitches per starts -- and those aren't always the same seven pitches from one game to the next.

Darvish has worked 38 innings in his first six starts, allowing nine runs on 23 hits and 11 walks with 49 strikeouts. He is 3-2 in seven starts against Pittsburgh, with a 2.30 ERA and 44 strikeouts against five walks in 43 innings.

Darvish has allowed one run in each of his past five starts, his ERA falling in each of those outings. Over his past 33 1/3 innings, Darvish has given up five runs on 15 hits and 10 walks for a 1.35 ERA.

"Watching Yu work through a lineup is like watching an artist paint a masterpiece," Tingler said.

With the way the Padres' offense is going, Darvish might need to pitch a Mona Lisa on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

San Diego Padres

  • Chris Paddack

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Paddack has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen when he will return.

  • Jorge Ona

    Early July | 10-day IL

    Ona has ended up on the 10-day injured list after surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, and he is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

  • Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Prob Wed | probable

    Tatis Jr. has sat out the previous game with a day of rest, and it is likely that he will be in the lineup Wednesday versus the Pirates.

  • Manny Machado

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Machado is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Dinelson Lamet

    Prob Tues | probable

    Lamet has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recuperating from right forearm tightness, and he is expected to return to the mound Tuesday versus the Pirates.

  • Ryan Weathers

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Weathers was lifted from his last outing due joint inflammation in his left arm, and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start Tuesday versus the Pirates.

  • Tommy Pham

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Pham has missed the previous two contest due to a calf injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Friday's tilt versus the Giants.

  • Adrian Morejon

    out for season | 60-day IL

    Morejon is on the 60-day injured list and will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Gregory Polanco

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Polanco has been assigned to the COVID-19 injured list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Hunter Owen

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Owen sustained a right hand contusion in the previous game, and it is unclear if he will face the Cubs on Friday.

  • Michael Feliz

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Feliz has been activated from the 10-day injured list with a cracked middle finger nail, and it is up in the air if he will be available to face the Cubs on Friday.

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Hayes has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist injury, and he is projected to come off the IL in the middle of May.