The Padres lost a tough one yesterday, and with it went the series loss as well. The best way to rebound from a loss like that is to come back fresh the next day and lay one on a hated rival. Enter the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are bringing their bloated payroll and obnoxious fans to Petco for a three-game series. The team has some reasons to be optimistic entering today’s matchup.
Jhoulys Chacin started the season opener against these same Dodgers. Let’s not look at that game. Today’s game will be his third start at home, and here’s what he’s done over two starts at Petco Park so far this year: 14-2/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 K’s. Opposing hitters are 6-for-49 with only two doubles. Maybe this is a trend. Whatever you want to call it, everyone in Padre land would love to see him keep this good thing going tonight.
Kenta Maeda made his first start of the season against the Padres on April 4th. He was far from sharp on that day, getting chased out of the game after five innings. He was responsible for three earned runs, and was the pitcher of record that day as the Padres beat the Dodgers 4-0. His next three starts were even less effective, giving up 4, 4, & 6 runs and never making it past the fifth inning. Only in his most recent start against the lowly Phillies has he had a quality outing, but the Padres hitters won’t let that happen again.
Perhaps my favorite thing to see at Petco Park is the lines of Dodgers fans filing up the stairs late in the game, heads hung low as they accept their loss on that day. It’s a beautiful thing. Tonight would be a great night for such a thing to happen.
Start time: 7:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Deportes San Diego