After starting the season with a record of 4-3, the San Diego Padres will begin their first road trip of the year by traveling to Arlington, Texas, where they’ll face the Rangers.
Globe Life Park in Arlington is where Slam Diego began with the 3-0 grand slam off the bat of Fernando Tatis Jr., He will not be playing this series while he is on the injured list with a shoulder subluxation. On a worse note, Globe Life Park is also where the Padres’ season ended in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
An interesting note about Globe Life Park this season is that they are allowing 100% fan capacity for all home games. Not only will this be the first time the Padres play in front of opposing fans in a regular-season game since 2019, but there is also a chance it will be at full capacity. The Rangers sold-out opening day, but their next game only saw an attendance of 18,000 fans, which is still more than most ballparks are allowing as of now.
Many experts and fans projected the Rangers to finish with the worst record in the American League before the season. Texas finished with one of the worst records in the AL in 2020 and then traded away their ace, Lance Lynn, this offseason.
Despite the projections, the Rangers are 3-3 to start the season. In their first series, they took one of three from the Kansas City Royals. They followed that up by taking the series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Each pitcher for both teams will be making their second starts of 2021.
A struggling Padres’ offense will certainly be looking to take advantage of the weak Rangers’ pitching staff. In the last four games, the Padres only scored a combined eight runs. In the Rangers’ first four games, they allowed at least six runs each time. However, the Rangers only allowed a combined five runs in their two most recent games.
Both teams will get the day off on Thursday before beginning the series on Friday.
First pitch on Friday will be at 5:05 PT, Saturday will be at 4:05 PT, while Sunday’s early start time will be at 11:35 a.m. PT.
Saturday’s broadcast will also be on ESPN+ if you prefer.