Lauer will start for the Padres on Opening Day. Lauer will get the ball first for the Padres after dominating through three spring appearances (0.50 WHIP and 12:3 K:BB in 10 scoreless innings). The southpaw, who compiled a 4.34 ERA and 8.0 K/9 in 23 starts (112 innings) as a rookie in 2018, will be followed in the rotation by Joey Lucchesi.
Lauer didn't factor into the decision against the Diamondbacks on Friday, despite giving up just one earned run on seven hits over 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as San Diego eventually prevailed 3-2 in extra innings. It was an excellent outing for the left-hander, but he wasn't able to nab his seventh victory of the season in a low-scoring contest that took 15 innings to decide. Lauer has been on a nice run of late, as this was his fifth straight appearance in which he's given up two or fewer earned runs. However, his numbers on the season remain unremarkable, with a 4.42 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP and a 100:46 K:BB over 112 innings.
Lauer (6-7) picked up the win against the Dodgers on Friday, giving up one earned run on four hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two in the Padres' 5-3 victory. He didn't work very deep into the game but Lauer managed to hold the Dodgers to the one earned run and got rewarded with his sixth victory of the season. He now has a 4.60 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP to go along with 94 strikeouts through 105.2 innings in 2018.
Lauer allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four across five innings Saturday against the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision. Lauer gave up a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the second inning, the only run he allowed while on the mound. He was charged the second run after the Padres' bullpen was unable to strand a baserunner he put on prior to being pulled. Regardless, Lauer has pitched effectively across his last three outings, giving up only two earned runs in 14 innings to go along with 14 strikeouts. The downside to Lauer is his inability to pitch deep into games, as he has surpassed five innings only twice in his last 10 appearances.
Lauer (5-7) settled for a no-decision Thursday, lasting four innings while allowing two hits and three walks. He stuck out eight. Making his second start following a stint on the disabled list, Lauer was pulled after throwing 86 pitches. The young lefty cruised through the first three innings, but he loaded the bases to start the fourth frame and was able to successfully work his way out of the jam. The eight strikeouts tied his highest total of the season, and he hasn't allowed an earned run in nine innings since returning from the disabled list. He'll look to pitch deeper and keep things rolling in his next start, which is currently slated for Wednesday against the Mariners.