The excitement of the home opener yesterday has yet to die down, but the Padres are at it again tonight in game 2 against the Dodgers. Eric Stults will face his former team as he takes the mound for San Diego. He pitched well in his first start of the season, keeping the Mets to three hits and no runs while striking out seven in five innings of work. Stults doesn't have much experience pitching against the Dodgers. His only outing against them was back in 2006 and he lasted six innings, giving up a run on seven hits.
L.A. starter Chad Billingsley, however, has plenty of experience (and success) pitching against the Padres. He has a 12-8 career record against San Diego and has collected 132 strikeouts in almost 141 total innings. This will be Biliingsley's season opener and his first start since last August when he hit the DL with a torn ligament in his elbow. He then suffered a bruised finger in Spring Training, which slowed his return to the mound. But after making a rehab start last Thursday, he is ready to get back in the game. In the 25 starts he made last year before getting injured, the righty went 10-9, including a 6-0 run over his last seven starts.