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3/28 Game Thread: Giants at Padres, OPENING DAY

Machado! Tatis! Excitement surrounding the Padres! It’s the best Opening Day ever!

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres

WHAT: Game 1 of 162 aka Opening Day 2019

WHEN: Thursday, March 28th at 1:10pm PT

WHERE: Petco Park

HOW: Watch on FOX Sports San Diego (or, listen on 97.3FM The Fan. Spanish broadcasts on FOX Deportes San Diego and XEMO 860AM.

WHY: The Giants (73-89) and Padres (66-96) finished in the bottom two spots in the NL West last season. While the Padres went big in trying to improve their team, signing Manny Machado to a 10-year contract worth $300M, the Giants essentially stood pat with their squad.

After flirting with Bryce Harper and just about nobody else in the offseason, San Francisco starts the year with the same infield as last year, the same bullpen as last year, roughly the same rotation as last year, and nobody in the outfield that had 200 ABs in the majors last season (except for weak-hitting Gerardo Parra off the bench).

Meanwhile, San Diego’s opening day roster looks much different than a year ago. Youngsters Chris Paddack and Fernando Tatis Jr. made the team despite never playing at the AAA level. Franmil Reyes starts in RF on Opening Day, hitting cleanup. Francisco Mejia and his red-hot bat backup Austin Hedges off the bench. Oh, yeah, and that Machado guy.

Unless you actually bought into the offseason of 2015, this is the first Opening Day for Padres fans to really be excited about the direction of their team in over a decade. So, if you’re not already, get excited!