Padres pregame: Cronenworth, Voit sit in series opener against Phillies; Musgrove on mound
Manager Bob Melvin wanted to rest Jake Cronenworth, even on his bobblehead night at Petco Park
Padres manager Bob Melvin believes it is time for Jake Cronenworth to rest. No matter what.
Even with Luke Voit nursing a sore hamstring and with the Padres giving away a Cronenworth bobblehead doll to fans at Petco Park.
So two of the hottest hitters on the team are not starting Thursday night’s series opener against the Phillies. (Manny Machado, who leads the team in virtually every offensive category tested his sprained ankle on the field but remains sidelined.)
“There’s gonna be a couple other guys here, too, probably this series,” Melvin said. “Guys are banged up. They played a lot. They went through some hot series. We’ve played a lot of games in a row, and these guys have been in almost every one of them.”
Cronenworth has started 70 of the Padres’ 71 games. Voit has started 28 in a row.
Melvin decided this would be his second baseman’s game down a couple days ago and did not waver even though Voit felt a hamstring twinge after playing first base Wednesday.
Melvin also did not let the promotional calendar get in the way of prudence.
“It’s not ideal to have a couple of guys out, but that’s just where we are today,” Melvin said. “I know it’s a bobblehead day, which probably gives him a little more time to sign, to interact maybe a little bit more with the fans. I didn’t realize that at the time, but we talked about this series, and after the last few series we both agreed this is probably the day to do it. … I did think about it because I knew he was gonna have a day off the series. I just wasn’t sure what day it was. But my bad.”
The Padres have played 14 games in the past 13 days, 27 in the past 27 and 35 in the past 36. Their next day without a game is Monday and they have only one other day off (July 6) before the All-Star break begins July 18.
Thursday’s starting lineup has almost as many players batting below .200 (three) as above .250 (four).
Left-hander Ranger Suarez (5-4, 4.43) starts for the Phillies. Padres in the starting lineup are a combined 2-for-12 against Suarez, who is in his first season as a full-time starter. Jurickson Profar doubled in his only at-bat against Suarez.
“It’s a little different looking lineup today,” Melvin said. “But we’ve got Joe on the mound. We feel good.”
Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59) starts for the Padres. The right-hander ranks second in the majors in wins and ERA, one win and .01 of a point behind the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin.
Here is the lineup he will face:
Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper’s 1.005 career OPS is the 12th highest ever and the highest among qualifying active players against the Padres.
Nick Castellanos is 4-for-15 with a double and a home run against Musgrove. Odubel Herrera is 2-for-5 with a double and homer. The rest of the Phillies in the lineup are a combined 4-for-38 against Musgrove.
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