Your Milwaukee Brewers are 1-0 for the first time since 2014. Tonight, they'll look to get to 2-0 and clinch their first series win of the year.
Jhoulys Chacin will make his official debut for the Brewers, facing his old teammates from last year. Part of the reason why Craig Counsell slotted him to make this start was his success pitching at Petco Park last season -- in 16 starts there, he held opponents to a .549 OPS and had a 1.79 ERA in 100.1 innings with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.24. It was a different story for him on the road, but we'll worry about that when he makes his first non-San Diego start.
Chacin was supposed to face the young, hard-throwing righty Dinelson Lamet in this game, but he had to leave his final spring start with elbow pain after just six batters and will be on the DL until May or June. Taking his place is 24-year-old lefty Joey Lucchesi, who will be making his Major League debut.
Lucchesi, aside from being the feared Left Hander Making His First Career Start Against the Brewers, has actually had a lot of success in the minors. He put up a 2.20 ERA in 24 games between High-A and Double-A last year, striking out 148 and walking just 33 in 139 innings in his first full season of pro ball. He was a 4th round pick in the 2016 draft and is among the Padres' Top 10 prospects.
First pitch isn't until 9:10 p.m. CDT, so drink some coffee and join us for some late-night baseball.