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  W: E. Pagán (1-0)   L: A. Young (0-1)   S: M. Melancon (1)
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Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 10,350

Looking to soar after big offseason, Padres open vs. Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

  1. The Diamondbacks and Padres split 10 games last season. Arizona's five wins came by an average of 1.6 runs with four one-run wins. San Diego's five wins were by an average of 4.0 runs per game.
  2. The Diamondbacks finished fifth in the NL West in 2020 with a record of 25-35. It was Arizona's first time finishing in the division cellar since 2014. The Diamondbacks have not won their division in nine consecutive seasons after winning the division title in five of their first 14 seasons.
  3. The Padres returned to the postseason in 2020 for the first time since 2006, which is still the last season in which San Diego won its division. The 14 consecutive seasons without a division title is one short of the longest such streak in franchise history (1969-1983, the first 15 seasons in franchise history).
  4. Christian Walker finished second on the 2020 Diamondbacks with seven home runs, nine behind team leader Kole Calhoun -- Calhoun is injured to start the 2021 season. Over the last two seasons, only Eduardo Escobar has hit more home runs (39) for Arizona than Walker (36).
  5. Fernando Tatis Jr. has a career .956 OPS through 143 MLB games, the fourth-best mark by any active player through 143 career games (minimum 400 PA). Tatis has 39 career home runs and 98 RBI. No player has reached 40 career home runs or 100 career RBI with San Diego within 150 career MLB games.
  6. Madison Bumgarner had a 6.48 ERA in nine starts in an injury-limited first season with Arizona in 2020, the highest single-season ERA of his career. Yu Darvish had a career year with the Cubs in 2020, including a 2.01 ERA and 6.6 strikeouts per walk, both career bests. Darvish finished fourth in MLB in ERA and fifth in K/BB in 2020 (among qualifiers).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/1/2021 thru 4/4/2021

The San Diego Padres are looking to surprise the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West this season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are just hoping to surprise anybody.

With that as a backdrop, the division-rival Padres and Diamondbacks open the season Thursday afternoon at Petco Park in San Diego with offseason acquisition Yu Darvish starting for the hosts against Arizona's Madison Bumgarner.

Many view the Padres as the third-best team in the Major Leagues after a winter that saw general manager A.J. Preller acquire Cy Young Award candidates Darvish and Blake Snell in trades that capped a year of dealing prospects from one of the game's top farm systems for proven major leaguers.

Then the topper came as spring training opened, when the Padres signed 22-year-old shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a $340-million deal that spans a major-league record 14 seasons.

However, the Padres begin their much-anticipated push minus some key parts. Front-line starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet, center fielder Trent Grisham, catcher Austin Nola and relief pitchers Matt Strahm, Austin Adams, Pierce Johnson and Dan Altavilla will all open the season on the injured list.

"If things go well, I don't expect they will be out a long time," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said of Nola, Grisham, Adams, Johnson and Altavilla. "There's the health component and they lost game action and the rhythm and timing of the game. We feel really good where guys are at with the health component. It's just a matter of getting some game reps, repeating it and going back-to-back."

Lamet, regarded as the No. 2 or 3 starter, won't likely join the rotation until late April, while Stahm continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery.

The Padres finished the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with a 37-23 record and the highest winning percentage in franchise history (.617) before being swept by the Dodgers in the second round of the playoffs.

Third baseman Manny Machado and Tatis finished third and fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting, respectively. Machado, Tatis and Wil Myers combined for 48 homers and 132 RBIs in 2020.

Arizona, meantime, finished last in the division at 25-35 in 2020. But Arizona manager Torey Lovullo greeted his players with "are you ready to surprise people?" at the start of spring training. His idea is that his players, including Bumgarner, will rebound from subpar performances during the strange 2020 campaign.

The Diamondbacks will also be missing a key piece. Zac Gallen, who finished ninth in the National League Cy Young Award voting last season and figured to be the Opening Day starter, will miss at least the first month of the season due to a hairline stress fracture in his right forearm.

Bumgarner was 1-4 with a 6.48 ERA in nine starts last season in the first year of a five-year, $85-million contract with the Diamondbacks. He also started last season's opener against the Padres at Petco Park, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-2 Padres win.

Bumgarner has always struggled against the Padres, particularly at Petco Park, where he has a 5-9 career record and a 4.38 ERA. Overall, he is 13-12 against the Padres with a 3.63 ERA.

"Obviously, starting on Opening Day is a well-deserved honor that he's done many, many times," Lovullo said.

Of course, Bumgarner is also known for his Opening Day hitting prowess, considering he hit two home runs on Opening Day in 2017.

Darvish finished second in the National League Cy Young Award race last year, going 8-3 with the Cubs with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts. He is 3-1 lifetime against Arizona in five starts with a 2.93 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 30, 2021

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