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Padres Preview: 04/16 vs. Dodgers

Time to #BeatLA!

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time of year again, the time where the winds whip across the baseball diamond and brings in traces of the unmistakable stench of overhyped frankfurter sandwiches and the unwashed masses who reside too far up the 5 freeway.

It’s #BeatLA time!

Interesting enough are the circumstances that bring last year’s NL champions to Petco Park: playing like last year’s model, they are not. In case you haven’t checked your Twitter timeline and caught a screenshot of the standings complete with snarky comment, these Dodgers are currently not good. They're so not good, in fact, they reside in the NL West cellar. You may make your snarky comment now.

Starting for the Padres will be Robbie Erlin in a fill-in role for Luis Perdomo, who is serving a suspension for serving a fastball and subsequent glove to one Nolan Arenado. This will be the first start for Erlin though the "veteran" lefty has been more than serviceable from three bullpen. Erlin hasn't had much experience against LA but does hold a 1-1 1.17 ERA in 3 games and 2 starts against.

Taking the ball for LA is Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu has been a bright spot for the backsliding Dodgers; he's gone 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 2 starts so far. The offense has been sorely lacking for LA though Matt Kemp has resumed putting in effort after going back to being a Dodger.

Tonight's game starts at 7:10 PM PST and is available through the usual outlets. Let's take it to a struggling rival!