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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)3:10 PM CT, March 29, 2018
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 44,649

Brewers begin Chase, visit Padres

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres

  1. The Brewers won five of seven meetings with the Padres in 2017, including 3-of-4 at San Diego in May. Milwaukee starting pitching went 3-0 with a 2.98 ERA and a .211 opponent batting average in the seven games against San Diego last season.
  2. Milwaukee finished just one game behind Colorado for the NL's second Wild-Card spot in 2017, and its 86 wins were the most for the franchise since its last playoff appearance in 2011 when it won the NL Central with a 96-66 record.
  3. The Padres suffered through their 11th consecutive season without playoffs in 2017 finishing 71-91. The streak without playoffs is the third longest active streak in the majors behind Seattle's 16 straight seasons and Miami's 14. Since winning 90 games in 2010, San Diego has won between 68 and 77 games in each of the last seven seasons.
  4. For the second time in club history, the Brewers had three players with 30+ home runs (Travis Shaw 31, Eric Thames 31 and Domingo Santana 30). The only other time the Brewers had three 30+ home run men was 1982 when they had Gorman Thomas with 39, Ben Oglivie with 34 and Cecil Cooper with 32.
  5. Free-agent signing Eric Hosmer comes over after seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old first basemen is coming off his best individual season with career-highs in runs (98, tied), hits (192), home runs (25, tied), walks (66), BA (.318), OBP (.385) and SLG (.498).
  6. Chase Anderson went 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA for the Brewers last season, and now gets his first career Opening Day start. Over his final 16 starts of last season, Anderson was 10-3 with a 1.94 ERA and a .186 opponent BA.
  7. Clayton Richard went 8-15 with the Padres last season. The 15 losses were tied for most in the NL (with three others) and the 240 hits allowed by Richard a season ago were most in the majors. Richard did finish strong at Petco Park last season going 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his final four home starts of the season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/29/2018 thru 3/31/2018

SAN DIEGO -- Teams that were unexpectedly among the more active teams in the free agent market over the winter will face each other Thursday on Opening Day at Petco Park.

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich (via trade from Miami) and Lorenzo Cain (as a free agent) over the winter while the San Diego Padres invested $144 million over eight seasons to sign first baseman Eric Hosmer and imported submarining reliever Kazuhisa Makita from Japan.

The teams have several other things in common.

Both will feature a first-time Opening Day starter. Right-hander Chase Anderson will start for the Brewers and left-hander Clayton Richard takes the ball for the Padres.

And the teams posted the top two winning percentages during Cactus League play this spring. OK, that last one means nothing.

But the Brewers and the Padres have upgraded during the offseason with the playoffs being the goal.

"We're not going into the season with any other expectation other than getting into the playoffs," Padres manager Andy Green said Wednesday. "Shooting for something smaller than that is pointless ... it doesn't inspire, it doesn't motivate. We know where our mindset is going into the season. We also know what the rest of the world is going to say about that mindset. We really don't care that much. I really like this group of guys and I'm excited about the year ahead of us."

Anderson, 30, was 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts with the Brewers last year despite missing six weeks in the middle of the season with an oblique strain. He had 133 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings with a 1.09 WHIP. Anderson is 3-1 in eight career starts against the Padres with a 3.99 ERA and 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts at Petco Park.

"Chase has worked very hard to make himself better," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said recently. "He's gone from a two-pitch to a four-pitch pitcher and even added two miles an hour to his fastball."

Richard has re-invented himself since having thoracic outlet surgery, changing his arsenal as well as his delivery.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound 34-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Padres last winter after posting an 8-15 record last season with a 4.79 ERA in 32 starts. He led the National League in three categories -- batters faced (858), hits allowed (240) and double plays induced (32). He shared the league lead with teammate Luis Perdomo in the latter category.

Richard is 3-4 lifetime against the Brewers with a 5.51 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). The Brewers have a career .298 batting average against Richard, who is 30-26 and a 3.23 ERA in 73 games (71 starts) at Petco Park.

"I trust the man," Green said Wednesday of Richard. "The circumstance won't affect him at all and that's all you want from somebody. He's the type of person who is going to go into a situation and be who he is and that is a guy who pitches well a lot of times and at times, like anybody else, he has an outing or two that's not great.

"I expect him to pitch well tomorrow. That's a very good (Milwaukee) lineup. That's a team that made a lot of changes. They were a good lineup last year. They are borderline a great lineup right now.

"They have a manager who I respect greatly and they're coming in with the expectation of going to the post-season this year so you know they are going to be very hungry. You know he has his work cut out for him."

Updated March 28, 2018

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