Were you at the game yesterday? Did you watch at home or in a sports bar surrounded by fellow Dodger fans? Did you jump up from your chair (like I did), or yell out loud inside your car when Joc Pederson hit that grand slam?
If you missed yesterday’s exciting Opening Day 14-3 win, the Dodgers plan to do it again tonight, with another beat down of the hapless San Diego Padres.
Yesterday the Dodgers sent their Clayton to the mound, and today the Padres will counter with theirs, Clayton Richard.
Last year Richard only pitched 67.2 innings with a record of 3-4. His innings count is low because he spent a part of last year traveling up and down in the Chicago Cubs system before they dealt him to the Padres. They made him a starter and he put up a 0.4 WAR, 1.66 WHIP and a neat 3.33 ERA. The southpaw struck out 41, but he also walked 31 and gave up 4 dingers.
The Dodgers bring Kenta Maeda to the party, hoping he’ll repeat his winning major league debut performance from 2016, which was also against the Padres, and featured Maeda slamming his first ML home run as well.
Maeda followed that opening weekend performance with a 16-11 winning record for the year. He tended to give up a few runs when he pitched, ending with a 3.48 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, so hopefully the Dodgers bats will stay red hot tonight and score plenty of runs in support.
Bright Spots: Maeda had a strong Spring Training and he’s added a new pitch to his arsenal this year, a cut fastball. He also upped his training regimen in an effort to pitch deeper into games.
Tonight's Dodger lineup vs. Padres:
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Game time: 7:10 pm
Giveaway: Dodgers phone charger, and CSULB night.
Kenta Maeda will go six complete innings, giving up one run with 7 Ks.
The Dodgers will score first, in the first inning.
Kenley Jansen won’t be needed.
Home run: Justin Turner