The Padres are one of the top up-and-coming teams in the game with a bevy of young talent and even more on the way in the minors, but they aren't quite in their contention window yet. The Padres headed into the All-Star break with a .500 record and an outside shot at making a push for a wildcard in the somewhat mediocre NL race. Despite being shorthanded in the rotation right now — twelve minute games on the regular would be particularly beneficial to the Red Sox — they do get to start this west coast trip with one of their true starters. The Padres do have some talent in their lineup who will punish them even without the most exciting player in baseball — more on that further down — so it will be interesting to see how confidently Rodriguez will control the zone in this one.
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