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Houston Astros (15-10) at San Diego Padres (15-12)
Friday, August 21st, 9:10 PM EDT
The Astros got off to a slow start to the season and many believed they would struggle to contend for a playoff berth in this shortened campaign, but such hasn't been the case and Houston has turned things around – they're now five games over .500 thanks to an eight-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Padres have been playing excellent this season and have the looks of a contender in the National League, something that's backed up by their 15-12 record and their recent displays of power. The Padres are on a four-game winning streak as well, so both teams should be full of confidence ahead of this matchup. The pitching duel will feature two experienced righties, with Garrett Richards (3.45 ERA) taking the ball for San Diego and Lance McCullers (5.47 ERA) getting the nod for Houston. Given the way both offenses have been playing of late, however, this game could easily end up being a slugfest rather than a pitching duel.
Yordan Alvarez - 10-Day IL - Knee
8/19 2:41 PM EST - Alvarez will have surgery to repair a partial tear of the patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Manager Dusty Baker hinted earlier Wednesday that Alvarez could be out