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Padres' Margevicius set to cap rapid rise with start vs. Giants
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
- San Francisco won the season series between these teams last season, 11-8. The Giants have won four of their last five season openers -- all on the road -- while San Diego has lost four straight on Opening Day.
- The Padres went 66-96 last year, their third straight season losing at least 90 games; the Reds are the only other team with a streak as long (four straight). San Diego's eight straight losing seasons are topped only by the Marlins' nine.
- The Giants have had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the first two years of Bruce Bochy's tenure (2007-08). Their 187 losses over the last two seasons are the franchise's most in a two-year span since losing 196 games over the 1984 and '85 campaigns.
- Evan Longoria's 16 home runs led San Francisco last year, making the Giants the only MLB team with a 20-home run hitter -- the third straight season that has been the case. The last team to go three straight non-strike-shortened seasons without a 20-homer hitter was the Pirates from 1983-85
- Madison Bumgarner is set to make his fifth Opening Day start for the Giants. The only other San Francisco Giant (since 1958) with as many Opening Day starts is Juan Marichal, with 10.
- Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February after a year in which he set or tied career highs in home runs (37), RBI (107), batting average (.297) and OPS (.905) with the Orioles and Dodgers. The 26 year old hit .391 in six games against the Giants last season (9-for-23).
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A year ago this week, left-hander Nick Margevicius was in the Padres' minor league camp waiting to open the low Class-A Midwest League season with Fort Wayne.
On Saturday night, he will be at Petco Park as the first of back-to-back rookie pitchers making their major league debuts with the Padres.
After Margevicius, 22, faces the Giants on Saturday night, 23-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack gets the start Sunday afternoon in the series finale.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Margevicius was the Padres' seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft out of Rider University. The native of Cleveland split the 2018 regular season between Fort Wayne and the Padres' high Class-A Lake Elsinore team in the California League before finishing his first full professional season with an effective start in the Double-A Texas League playoffs.
He was a combined 10-8 in 23 games (22 starts) at the two levels of Class-A with a combined 3.60 ERA. Margevicius had 146 strikeouts in 135 innings against only 17 walks for a 8.6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His strikeout total was also the second highest in the Padres' system last season.
"Margevicius will be in the rotation going forward," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He turned heads from the beginning of camp. Every single year, someone shocks you. We didn't expect it coming into camp that it would be Nick. He handled everything we threw at him very, very well. We're very excited."
Margevicius, who had a 4.50 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings this spring, will make his major league debut against Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, the 26-year-old son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, made his major league debut with the Giants in 2018, posting a 6-4 record with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.132 WHIP in 21 appearances (19 starts). He allowed 98 hits and 36 walks with 89 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings.
Two of those 19 starts were against the Padres, and both times, Rodriguez allowed one run over seven innings. He struck out a total of 13.
"We needed someone to step up last year, and Dereck did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said while reviewing the 2018 season. "He actually pitched better than his record."
Rodriguez was on the Opening Day roster for the first time this season after a rough spring. In five preseason starts, Rodriguez went 0-4 with a 4.76 ERA. In his last spring outing on March 24 against cross-bay rival Oakland, Rodriguez gave up three runs on a pair of homers over four innings.
San Francisco is 0-2 after the first two games of the season and the series at San Diego, although its pitchers have allowed only six runs in 16 innings. However, the Giants have scored only one run in 18 innings, and the Padres opened the season by throwing a franchise-record 17 straight scoreless innings.
Sophomore starters Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi picked up the Padres' wins in the first two games. Now it's up to rookies Margevicius and Paddack -- both of whom started the season in Single-A last season without making an appearance above Double-A.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 30, 2019