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Weaver set to start Padres' opener vs. D-backs
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
- The Diamondbacks have won four of their seven games against the Padres this season, although the Padres took the last two that were played in San Diego.
- The players batting second and third in the Diamondbacks' order this season have combined to hit .327 (109/333) with 57 runs batted in. Those numbers rank second and third highest in the majors, respectively.
- The Padres, who have dropped 12 of their last 15 games, have a league-worst run differential of -72. They had a minus 27 run differential through games of May 18 last season.
- Paul Goldschmidt (33/10/32) is one of just two players (Bryce Harper, Was) with at least 30 runs scored, 10 home runs and 30 runs batted in this season.
- Opponents are batting .196 (9/46) against Taijuan Walker with runners in scoring position this season, including .125 (2/16) in his last two starts. That .196 opponent BA is the 13th lowest for a pitcher in the NL (minimum 0.93 BFP/team G).
- After winning 150 games in his career with the Angels, Jered Weaver is winless (0-4) in his first eight starts as a Padre. This is tied for the ninth-longest streak by any pitcher from the start of his career with this franchise and is the second-longest active one; Jarred Cosart has gone winless in his first 12 career starts with the Padres (streaks exclude any relief appearances).
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SAN DIEGO -- A rising Jered Weaver awaits the Diamondbacks as the San Diego Padres open a three-game series against Arizona on Friday night.
Weaver, who will be opposed by Arizona's Taijuan Walker, continues to bob and weave through lineups, knowing his fastball can often arrive at the same speed as another pitcher's changeups.
But Weaver plods on, a 12-year veteran with an array of off-speed weapons and maybe just enough guile to pull it off.
The former Los Angeles Angels standout is coming off is his best showing in a Padres uniform. Weaver (0-4, 6.05 ERA) allowed a first-inning run to the Chicago White Sox and then went five more innings without getting nicked on Sunday.
Although the Padres are in a win-later mindset, Weaver's prior outings this season often were not competitive. No one has allowed more homers in the majors than the 14 he has served up.
But Weaver shrugged his shoulders and grabbed the ball to face the White Sox, as he has done at the major league level since 2006.
"He's one of the persons who is able to minimize the magnitude of the moment," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He goes through life and gives you what he's got at that moment, the best version of himself, and if the best version is good, it's going to be a quality start."
With Weaver, who is 1-2 with a 5.29 in his career against the Arizona, there is usually little in between.
"He's had four quality starts since he's been here, and he's had some rough ones as well," Green said. "He doesn't hide from those. The impressive thing to me (in his last outing) is he has the bases loaded and a run is in and he has nobody out and no more runs scored. He is not afraid of anything outside distracting him. He is locked in. No blame game on anybody else. He expects to execute, and that's the No. 1 quality in him that we want in our other players.
"If he has a bad outing, there is nothing outside that caused that. The success or failure belongs to him, and that's a powerful place to be as a competitor."
As for Walker, he remembers the last time he squared off against the Padres, on April 27.
Walker also remembers the last time he won, on April 27.
In his best game in an Arizona uniform, Walker pitched a season-high eight innings while collecting a season-high 11 strikeouts. He surrendered four hits and two runs with no walks in beating Weaver.
Walker wasn't nearly as tidy in his last outing while absorbing his second straight defeat. He went six innings and was charged for four runs (three earned) on eight hits in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
"Four runs, you've got to keep it closer to help give ourselves a better chance to win the ballgame," Walker said after the game. "I've got to have cleaner innings and quicker innings. The first four innings there was someone on every time, especially in scoring position, too, and when that happens, I just kind of throw stressful pitches and I have to work harder."
Walker is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA lifetime against the Padres.
Updated May 19, 2017