Today, after what feels like years of waiting this offseason, we get real live Padres baseball. This is our first look (well, listen) at the potential 2016 Padres squad, and there are lots of guys at camp looking to make a good first impression today.
The "visiting" Padres will take on the hated Seattle Mariners in the teams' annual charity game, kicking off the 2016 Vedder Cup. Left-hander and rotation hopeful Robbie Erlin will make the start in the Cactus League opener. Erlin pitched in three Major League games in 2015 after being called up by the Padres in September. He was lit up in the first start, allowing seven runs and leaving the game after only three innings, but he followed that up with 14 combined innings of two-run ball over his next two appearances.
Erlin will pitch at least one inning in today's Spring Training kickoff before handing the ball to another pitcher competing for a roster spot come April. The 22-year-old Luis Perdomo will also get the ball for one or more innings this afternoon. As a Rule 5 Draft pick, Perdomo needs to do well this Spring if he hopes to land a spot with the Major League club, otherwise he'll be sent back to St. Louis. While he has never played above the single-A level, he was ranked as one of the Padres' top 10 prospects coming into Spring.
The full lineups for today's Spring opener are as follows:
The game will be live on ESPN 1700 or MLB At-Bat Gameday Audio and first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 pm PT.