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Miami's Urena looks to end streak versus Padres

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres

  1. The Marlins have won five straight games against San Diego, dating back to April 22, 2017. Miami's last six-game winning streak against a single opponent came in 2016 against Pittsburgh; the team last won seven straight over one team in 2015 versus Atlanta.
  2. The Padres are 4-4 in their last eight games, with a wide gap in their offensive production in the wins and losses in that stretch. San Diego has 24 runs and seven homers in its last four victories, compared to five runs and two home runs in its last four defeats.
  3. Eric Hosmer is hitting .156 over his last eight games (5-for-32) with no RBI, no extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts. In his previous four games, Hosmer went 6-for-14 (.429) with four doubles, a homer and seven RBI.
  4. Justin Bour, who turns 30 years old today, has 10 home runs among his 37 hits in 2018. Bour and Christian Villanueva (36 hits, 14 homers) are two of three National Leaguers (Matt Adams is the other) with 10-plus home runs and fewer than 40 hits this season.
  5. Caleb Smith has received three or fewer runs of support in nine of his 10 starts in 2018 -- including each of his last seven. At 3-5, 3.83, he is one of two NL pitchers with five or more losses and an ERA under 4.00, joining Colorado's Kyle Freeland.
  6. Among left-handed pitchers who have started at least five games in 2018, Eric Lauer has the seventh-highest ERA (6.67), fourth-highest opponent batting average (.339), fifth-highest WHIP (1.93) and fifth-highest opponent OPS (.951). He has limited opponents to a .211 batting average with two outs and RISP (4-for-19).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/28/2018 thru 5/31/2018

SAN DIEGO -- Eventually, the "streak" has to end for Jose Urena.

And the Marlins' right-hander is hoping it will be sooner... like maybe Wednesday night at Petco Park in the third contest of a four-game series between the struggling Marlins and Padres.

The Marlins have lost all 11 games that Urena has started this season. And going back to last Sept. 26, Miami has lost 13 straight Urena starts.

That is a franchise record for futility -- the longest stretch of losses in an individual pitcher's starts. The old mark was 12 straight losses by the Marlins when Brian Moehler started in 2005-2006.

It's not all the fault of Urena, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of the Dominican Republic. His 4.69 ERA is more respectable than his 0-7 record. But when the 26-year-old starts, the Marlins have given him only 2.84 runs of support on average -- the lowest mark in the National League among pitchers with 10 or more starts.

In fact, between April 27 and May 15, Urena had a 2.84 ERA over the span of four starts. But he has allowed four earned runs in each of his past two outings with a 6.00 ERA. Needless to say, both games resulted in Miami losses.

Wednesday night, Urena draws veteran Padres left-hander Clayton Richard as his opponent. Richard is 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA. Richard is also in something of a tailspin, going 2-5 in his last seven outings. Overall, the Padres are 4-8 when he pitches.

"Jose shouldn't be 0-7 and we shouldn't be 0-11 when he pitches," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He's pitched better than that. Sometimes, these things just happen."

Urena will be making his third career start against the Padres on Wednesday. And he hasn't had much success against them, although he hasn't faced San Diego since Aug. 27, 2016.

Urena is 0-2 against the Padres with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Padres are hitting .293 against Urena, who has allowed six runs (five earned) to San Diego on 12 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings. Both those starts were in Miami.

Richard, 34, has a 3-2 record with a 2.79 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins with a 1.37 WHIP and a .283 opponents' batting average. Against Miami, Richard has given up 12 runs on 43 hits and 10 walks with 29 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings.

Perhaps a more meaningful statistic to consider on Richard is his results inside and outside the National League West this season.

In five starts against teams from outside the National League West this season, Richard has allowed 11 runs on 31 hits and five walks with 28 strikeouts in 37 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Richard has not allowed a home run outside the division.

However, in six starts against National League West teams this season, Richard has given up 27 runs (26 earned) on 37 hits and 19 walks with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings, posting a 7.80 ERA and 1.87 WHIP. He has given up eight homers to teams from the NL West.

Updated May 30, 2018

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