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Padres Preview: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Kenta Maeda & the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Padres welcome the rival Dodgers to Petco Park.

San Diego Padres Photo Day
You see this here ball? I will strike out Yasiel Puig with this ball. He will look at me. I’m okay with that. Because I will strike him out again.
Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

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.

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres
Yangervis Solarte likes Kenta Maeda.
Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

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
Online: MLB.TV