Opening Day didn't go quite as planned, but it was still so wonderful watching our team play a game that matters yesterday, and it's wonderful to be able to do so again today. In game 1, the Padres went toe-to-toe with the reigning MVP and Cy Young Award Winner Clayton Kershaw, and they came up with three runs (all driven in by former Dodger Matt Kemp) to back their starter James Shields. Today they'll look to Tyson Ross to help lead them to victory as they face Zack Greinke... weather permitting.
Ross had a fantastic Spring, keeping opponents to just two earned runs over his last 15 Cactus League innings. Last season, the righty saw much success on the mound against L.A., despite suffering four losses at the Dodgers' hands. He posted a 2.67 ERA over 27 innings in those four losses, but was a victim of one of the worst offenses in history. If yesterday is any indication, we can expect a bit more out of the 2015 Padres at the plate, so hopefully Tyson can get that much-deserved and long-awaited run support we've been anticipating all offseason.
In the past, Zack Greinke has always seemed to have San Diego's number. He's a lifetime 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA against the Padres. As a Dodger for the past two seasons, Greinke is 18-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 167 strikeouts through 27 starts against NL West opponents.
The Dodgers have won their last five series at home against the Padres and 8 of their last 10 overall against the Padres. The new-look Friars will need to even things up tonight and then hopefully take the series tomorrow before heading back south on the 5 for Thursday's home opener. But the sky may have other ideas:
Currently. pic.twitter.com/hXOwKNb2y1— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 7, 2015
Ruh-Roh ... pic.twitter.com/RdVINLYEvq— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) April 7, 2015
I know we need the rain terribly, but WE JUST GOT BASEBALL BACK. D:
Either way, I'm looking forward to our first Padres win of 2015, whether it happens tonight or tomorrow in the first game of a rain-delayed double header.