MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 360
San Diego0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 162
  W: T. Widener (1-0)   L: C. Paddack (0-1)   S: C. Devenski (1)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, April 4, 2021
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 10,350

Padres seek to match franchise-best 4-0 start 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
(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

The San Diego Padres will tie a franchise record Sunday afternoon if they complete a season-opening four-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Only once before in 53 seasons have the Padres opened the season 4-0. That came in 1984 -- a season that them win the first of their two National League championships.

In fact, Saturday's 7-0 win over the Diamondbacks gave the Padres only their fourth 3-0 start in franchise history. The other 3-0 starts came in their inaugural season of 1969, 1980 and 1984.

Right-hander Chris Paddack will start for the Padres on Easter Sunday against Diamondbacks' right-hander Taylor Widener.

It could be an important start for Paddack, who was 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 starts last year after a sensational 2019 season as a 23-year-old rookie.

In 2019, Paddack was 9-7 in 26 starts with a 3.33 ERA and a 0.981 WHIP. He allowed 23 homers in 140 2/3 innings with 153 strikeouts with a .204 opponents' batting average.

Last season, Paddack's OBA climbed to .262 and he allowed 14 homers in 59 innings while striking out 58. His WHIP also climbed to 1.22.

The wild ride continued this spring. Paddack was very sharp in his first two outings and really struggled in his final two starts -- finishing with a 10.64 ERA.

While Paddack is in the middle of the Padres rotation at the moment, Dinelson Lamet -- who had a 2.09 ERA last season -- might be ready to pitch by May after rehabbing an elbow issue. And Ryan Weathers, a starter currently working out of the bullpen, allowed one hit to Arizona on Saturday night over three scoreless innings of relief.

"I didn't think Chris had quite the finish or the aggressiveness," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said of Paddack's final two exhibition outings.

"I thought the fastball and changeup: I thought the hitters were getting a little bit better peak at it. I want to see him get athletic and aggressive Sunday and finish pitches. Bring the fight to them. Whatever is going to happen, make it happen early. Don't be dancing around the zone. Get after it. Use the bottom of the zone. Use the top. Use the corners. Be an athlete and get after it.

"I think it's going to be a mindset of aggressiveness, and I think it's going to be good. He needs to get a little bit of that adrenaline out there."

Widener edged out Taylor Clarke to win a spot in the Arizona rotation at the end of spring training. The 6-foot, 26-year-old Widener made his major league debut against the Padres last July 25. He was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings over 12 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2020. He allowed 14 hits and 12 walks with 22 strikeouts.

The hard-throwing Widener faced the Padres three times, allowing five runs on three hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for an 8.44 ERA and a 1.688 WHIP. His fortunes climbed this spring with the development of a slider.

"The improvement in the slider really gave me some confidence to be able to pitch again," Widener said. "At this level, you can't overpower everybody. You have to pitch. It makes a huge difference for me."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 4, 2021

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