Patrick Corbin looks to win his sixth consecutive start and help his team extend its franchise-best winning streak to 14 games when the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres on Friday in the opener of their three-game series. Corbin has posted a microscopic 0.50 ERA while giving up just 20 hits over 35 2/3 innings during the best stretch of his career.
The Diamondbacks are hoping to have All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) back in the lineup after he missed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona has swept the major league-best Dodgers twice during their winning streak, outscoring Los Angeles 40-13 in the six victories. San Diego salvaged the finale of a four-game set with St. Louis thanks to a 3-0 victory on Thursday. Wil Myers contributed a two-run blast, his 25th of the season, and is three shy of matching his career high set last season.
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.71 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (13-11, 3.83)
Lyles did not factor in the decision in his first start for San Diego as he gave up two runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 26-year-old made 33 relief appearances while with Colorado earlier this season but was released and signed with the Padres in August. Lyles is 1-6 with a 7.26 ERA in 16 career appearances (eight starts) against Arizona while struggling with Goldschmidt (9-for-19, one homer) and Gregor Blanco (7-for-13, one homer).
Corbin has struck out 33 batters and gone unscored upon three times during his torrid stretch. The 28-year-old, who is looking to match the career-best victory total he set in 2013, is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break. Corbin is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three 2017 starts against the Padres and 5-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 career appearances (nine starts) despite struggling with Hector Sanchez (7-for-13, seven RBIs) and Myers (7-for-14, one homer).
1. The Diamondbacks are 9-4 against the Padres this season and scored 32 runs in a three-game sweep the last time San Diego visited Arizona.
2. San Diego C Austin Hedges was hitless in nine at-bats in the St. Louis series and is 1-for-19 over his last six games.
3. Arizona RF J.D. Martinez is 1-for-9 in two games since becoming the 18th player in major-league history to hit four homers in a contest.
PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2