Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pomeranz, Gio to square off in series finale

Drew Pomeranz has given up eight earned runs in his past two starts, but his ERA is still at just 2.88 on the year. That's how good he has been for most of the season. The Padres left-hander will take the ball for the series finale on Sunday against the Nationals, who counter with Gio Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, also a lefty, has posted a 5.12 ERA through three June starts, but he's coming off back-to-back starts in which he's allowed three earned runs and struck out at least nine batters. Those strikeout numbers have allowed Gonzalez to post his highest K/9 mark (9.31) since 2012.
Meanwhile, Pomeranz has struggled to continue his dominance over his past two outings, allowing a combined eight runs in 10 innings against the Braves and the Marlins. In his last outing against Miami, Pomeranz said after the game that he felt off "with pretty much everything."
He'll try to rediscover the form that allowed him to post a 2.22 ERA through his first 11 starts as he takes on the Nationals for just the second time in his career.
Things to know about this game
• Not only has catcher Derek Norris been red-hot for the Padres this June (hitting .327 with three home runs), he has done well against Gonzalez in his career. In four at-bats against the southpaw, Norris has three hits including a pair of home runs.
• Bryce Harper is the only Nationals hitter who has a hit off of Pomeranz. Danny Espinosa, Chris Heisey, Ben Revere, Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman have combined to go 0-for-14 against him.
• San Diego leadoff hitter Jon Jay has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games, with a .347 average (35-for-101) over that stretch. They haven't just been slap singles either, as he is among the league leaders in doubles.

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