The San Diego Padres' Opening Day starter, Tyson Ross, had himself a successful 2016 debut yesterday in the team's fourth Spring Training game. The same couldn't be said for some of the other pitchers who took the mound yesterday as the Padres fell to the Rockies, but hopefully they fare better today in their first set of split squad matches this Spring.
At home, James Shields will make his Spring Training debut against the visiting Oakland Athletics. The right-hander, who is set to follow up Ross in the rotation going into the regular season, is in his second year with the Padres after being part of AJ Preller's offseason flurry of trades in 2015. He kicked off 2015 as the Padres' Opening Day starter and led the team in wins and innings pitched, going 13-7 while living up to his goal of 200+ innings (he pitched 202 1/3).
However, Shields also set a career high in walks issued (81) while allowing 33 home runs, second only to his 34-HR 2010 season with the Rays. This offseason he's been working with Padres manager Andy Green on trying to pitch inside more, which will hopefully help him improve on his numbers from last year.
This game will be broadcast on Fox Sports San Diego / MLB.TV and The Mighty 1090 / Gameday Audio at 12:10 pm PT.
#Padres vs. A's: Jay 8, Spangy 4, Kemp 9, Solarte 5, Norris 2, Wallace 3, Margot 7, Bethancourt 0, Rosales 6. Shields SP. TV FSSD, 12:10 PT.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) March 6, 2016
Meanwhile the Padres' second group will head to Camelback Ranch in Glendale to take on the Chicago White Sox at 12:05 pm PT. These Friars will be led by Robbie Erlin in his second Spring Appearance. The southpaw is looking to build a case for one of the rotation's final two spots, and hopes to follow up his Spring debut with another solid outing. He pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one base hit, in the Padres' Cactus League Opener last Wednesday.
No broadcast for this matchup, but you can always follow along on Gameday.