Lucchesi is being challenged by Cal Quantrill for the fifth spot in the Padres' rotation, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Though Lucchesi entered spring training with a firm grasp on a rotation spot, he has struggled in Cactus League play, posting an 11.57 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in three starts. That appears to have allowed both Garrett Richards and Zach Davies to leapfrog him in the pecking order, as both hurlers have enjoyed impressive springs. Quantrill has been dominant as well, resulting in the possibility of Lucchesi being the odd man out.
Lucchesi (10-10) allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out six across six innings to take the loss Thursday against the Dodgers. Lucchesi was a tough-luck loser Thursday, surrendering his only earned run in his final inning of work. Otherwise, he kept the Dodgers' lineup quiet, allowing no extra-base hits and recording 15 of his 18 outs via either groundout or strikeout. After consecutive rocky starts prior to Thursday's effort, Lucchesi will end the 2019 campaign on a positive note while also maintaining a 4.18 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 163.2 innings.
Lucchesi (10-9) was charged with the loss against the Brewers on Thursday, lasting just four innings while allowing three runs on six hits and a pair of walks with seven strikeouts. The southpaw struggled in this one, though the seven strikeouts were certainly a plus. On the bright side, Lucchesi bounced back after getting lit up for eight runs and nine hits during his last time out in Colorado. The 26-year-old now owns a 4.28 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 152:54 K:BB on the season. He'll look to rebound during his last start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Lucchesi (10-8) took the loss Friday, coughing up eight runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- over 3.2 innings as the Padres fell 10-8 to the Rockies. He struck out two. The two teams combined for five homers and 14 extra-base hits in a typically wild Coors Field affair, and Lucchesi took the brunt of the damage for the San Diego staff. The lefty will carry a 4.22 ERA and 145:52 K:BB through 153.2 innings into his next start Thursday in Milwaukee.
Lucchesi (10-7) picked up the win in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies, giving up two hits and five walks over six scoreless innings while striking out eight. The southpaw retired the first 10 batters he faced before his control began to desert him, but despite having runners in scoring position in each of his final three frames, Lucchesi kept Colorado off the board. He'll take a 3.84 ERA and 143:52 K:BB through 150 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Cubs.
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