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5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 11, 2018
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 35,098

Padres send out another rookie pitcher against Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres

  1. Since July 1 the Phillies pitching staff leads MLB in ERA (3.14). Philadelphia's relievers also lead MLB in ERA (2.76) during this period, and the team's 1.20 WHIP is fourth-lowest in the NL among relievers.
  2. Since the All-Star break, the Padres 7.41 starting pitching ERA is the worst in MLB. The Padres starters' .318 opponent batting average allowed during this period is also worst in MLB, and the team's 7.09 starting pitcher strikeout per nine innings is the second lowest in the NL during this time.
  3. Carlos Santana's .184 average on the road is the lowest among NL qualified hitters in 2018. Santana hit .281 on the road in 2017; his .097 decrease in road batting average was the third largest among qualified hitters from 2017-2018.
  4. Hunter Renfroe is on a seven game hitting streak, tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the NL. During this streak Renfroe is slashing .379/.394/.862, to go along with four home runs, and his 12 RBI since August 2 are tied with Joey Gallo for the second most in MLB behind Rougned Odor (13).
  5. Zac Eflin's 2.55 improvement in ERA this season (3.61) vs. 2017 (6.16) is the third largest in MLB among all pitchers who made at least 10 starts in 2017 and 2018. Eflin's swing and miss percentage is 23.2 percent in 2018, up from 15.1 percent in 2017.
  6. Since June 1, Eric Hosmer is slashing .223/.266/.311 with four home runs after posting a slash line of .282/.373/.461 from March-May. Hosmer's .266 on-base percentage from June 1 is the third lowest among NL hitters (minimum 195 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/10/2018 thru 8/12/2018

SAN DIEGO -- Jacob Nix pitched six scoreless innings and picked up his first win in his major league debut for the San Diego Padres Friday night.

Saturday night, the Padres will send out another rookie starter against the Philadelphia Phillies in right-hander Walker Lockett. Then the same on Sunday with left-hander Joey Lucchesi getting the start.

In fact, Padres manager Andy Green announced before Friday's game that he will temporarily be going with a six-man rotation that includes four rookies. And when Eric Lauer returns, there could be five rookies in the Padres' rotation.

On Friday night Nix became the fifth Padres starting pitcher to make his major league debut this season -- joining, in order, Lucchesi, Lauer, Lockett and Brett Kennedy, whose debut came only two days ago in Milwaukee.

As it stands now, the only veterans in the Padres rotation are left-handers Clayton Richard and Robbie Erlin, who has made four starts.

"We can't do a six-man rotation for an extended period of time, but we'll likely stick with this until our next day off (Aug. 20)," Green said.

The Phillies will send right-hander Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.37 ERA) to the Petco Park mound Saturday night to oppose Lockett, who is 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA in three appearances (two starts) over three stints with the Padres this season. Lockett will be facing the Phillies for the first time.

In his most recent start last Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago, Lockett gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings -- which happened to be his longest major league outing. When not with the Padres this season, Lockett was 4-9 with a 4.92 ERA for Triple-A El Paso, where he worked six or more innings in 13 of his 19 starts.

Meanwhile, the Phillies will be countering with an All-Star who ranks among the National League leaders in most statistical categories.

Nola has worked 148 innings in 23 starts, allowing 39 runs on 107 hits and 40 walks with 144 strikeouts. In addition to the third-best ERA in the National League, Nola has a 0.99 WHIP and a .202 opponents' batting average.

He is tied for the league lead in winning percentage (.800) and ranks second in opponents' batting average and night ERA (1.90); third in home ERA (2.07); fourth in road ERA (2.68); fifth in innings pitched and eighth in strikeouts.

Nola has made four previous starts against the Padres in his career and has a 1-2 record with a 3.21 ERA. The Padres have scored 10 runs on 18 hits and six walks off Nola in 28 innings. He has 30 strikeouts against the Padres.

Nola has not faced the Padres this year.

"Starting pitching is why the Phillies are where they are," Green said before the series opener. "They have five outstanding starters in (Zach) Eflin, Nola, Jake Arrieta, Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta."

And while the Phillies are sending out starters who have accounted for 29 wins this season in the three-game series, the Padres are countering with three rookies with 20 career starts.

Updated August 11, 2018

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