The Padres lost their first game of the Spring by a billion to 3 yesterday, and there were a few people on Twitter and Facebook who took it as a sign that this season is going to be wrought with ineptitude and huge losses. So maybe a win today will convince them that we're going to the World Series in October!
Either way, the Padres will get right back on the horse this afternoon in game 2 against the Mariners. Right-hander Zach Lee will make the start for San Diego against his former team. The Mariners DFA'd Lee last December and the Padres later claimed him off waivers. The former first-round pick (2010) makes his Friars debut at the age of 25, coming off a rough season, which he split between the Dodgers' and Mariners' Triple-A affiliates. He posted a 6.14 ERA with a 1.57 Whip and allowed batters to hit .314 off of him.
The Mariners will also be sending a new team member to the mound in today's rematch. Chris Heston, acquired in a trade with the Giants last December, will make his Seattle debut after three big-league seasons with the San Francisco to start his career. In those three seasons, he pitched against the Padres five times, totaling 27 2⁄3 innings and going 2-1 while allowing ten earned runs on 25 hits and 13 walks.