IT’S OPENING DAY!!!!
The Padres are back in Petco Park for the first time to kick off the 2021 MLB season with a four-game home series against the Diamondbacks.
Yu Darvish is your Opening Day starter in his first season with San Diego and he’ll be facing the 31-year old Madison Bumgarner on the other side. Bumgarner struggled to a 1-4 record in nine games in 2020 and finished with a career-worst 6.48 ERA.
Darvish is coming off a spectacular year where he finished fourth in the majors with a 2.01 ERA and 93 strikeouts, good enough to tie with Dinelson Lamet for seventh-most in MLB. Darvish also finished with 76 innings pitched, the fifth-most of any pitcher last year.
Now let’s check out today’s starting lineup.
With Trent Grisham beginning the season on the IL, Tommy Pham is moving over from left field to center with Jurickson Profar replacing him at his normal spot. Otherwise, the lineup is exactly as you’d expect. Victor Caratini will also make his Padres debut alongside Darvish behind the plate.
Opening Day is finally here! Enjoy the game in all of its’ long-awaited glory!