The New York Yankees (30-21) will be trying to move up the AL East standings when they face the San Diego Padres (22-27) in the first game of their three-game interleague series on Friday night.
Luis Severino, 0-0, 1.93 ERA, will get the start for the Yankees. The Padres will counter with Joe Musgrove, 1-2, 6.25 ERA.
New York and San Diego split their last 10 meetings.
**This preview was written before Thursday’s games were played**
The Padres have played well since they snapped their four-game losing streak and they’ve won two of their last three games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Yankees, which will give them their third win in their last four games.
San Diego is averaging 3.92 runs per game. Their .233 batting average is 30th in the league. Their .314 on base percentage is 20th, while their .385 slugging percentage is 22nd.
Juan Soto has been the most consistent batter for the Padres. He leads the team with a .257 batting average, nine home runs, and 22 RBI.
San Diego’s pitching has been good, with the team giving up 4.06 run per game. Opponents have a .233 batting average against the Padres, which is fourth in the league. Their 3.93 ERA is 10th, as is their 1.25 WHIP.
< p>In his last start, Musgrove gave up six hits and four runs in five innings, leading to a 4-2 loss to Boston. They will need a better effort from him if they want to win this game.