Opening Day, 2017

The LA Times has a special Baseball 2017 section in its Sunday, April 2 edition.

Padres at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN (out-of market only), FSSD

The Padres send Jhoulys Chacin out to do battle with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. Chacin will make his second Opening Day start; the first was for the Rockies in 2013. He was with the Angels last year and finished strong: he had a 0.75 ERA in his last four starts for them. He did well for Venezuela in this year’s World Baseball Classic as well. This will be Kershaw’s seventh straight Opening Day start for the Dodgers. That ties him with Drysdale and Sutton for the team record. This will be the fourth time he’ll face the Padres on Opening Day; he gave up three runs on nine hits in the previous 16 innings on those occasions.

The Padres have two potential Rookie of the Year candidates, “outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, ranked No. 23 and No. 42, respectively, among MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 prospects.”

Renfore and Margot excelled for Triple-A El Paso last year en route to a Pacific Coast League championship. Margot batted .304 and stole 30 bases, while Renfroe earned PCL MVP honors by hitting .306 with 30 home runs.

Lineups when available.

Here’s the Opening Day roster. The interesting part is probably the Disabled List, where six guys will start the year:

Pedro Baez, RHP (10-day, right wrist contusion, retroactive to March 30); Andre Ethier, OF (10-day, lumbar disk herniation, retroactive to March 30); Yimi Garcia, RHP (60-day, right elbow surgery); Scott Kazmir, LHP (10-day, left hip strain, retroactive to March 30); Josh Ravin, RHP (10-day, right groin strain, retroactive to March 30); Brock Stewart, RHP (10-day, right shoulder tendinitis, retroactive to March 30)

Here’s the lineup:

  • SI predicts the Dodgers will trade Puig.

    • Bob_Hendley

      As they say in forecasting, if you can’t predict well, predict often. How many times was Matty traded before he was traded?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Haven’t had this level of expectations going in since the 2009 season. Starting pitching was a bit weak that year, but our offense gave us a run differential that resulted in 95 wins.

  • WinnipegDave

    Almost show time!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig batting 8th. That is a deep line up.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Steerike!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice start by Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not so the defence however.

    • Bob_Hendley

      April always the month with the most errors.

      • Bob_Hendley

        As well as worse pitching (Ks and BB) and hitting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager seems a bit rusty.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No pitch walk to Yasiel!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan with a fielding gem.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drifting in and out of wifi range as I (try to) listen to the game while travelling from Saskatchewan back home to Wpg on Greyhound. Glad to hear the Dodgers have tied it up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc with another chance to do some damage.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Grand salami!

      • WinnipegDave

        Sweet!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Following by a Grandal!

    • Oh yeah.

      • Fred = Bumsrap

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    That’s a lot of 2 out RBI’s right there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Back to back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw rolling nicely. 11 straight outs and averaging a k/inning.

    • Could have had a perfect game going.

  • Joc fans 1, Joc doubters 0

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pretty much always been able to hit righties.

      • I thought he did okay against lefties in the minors. I hope he gets lots of at bats against them this year, with the Dodgers that is.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jeez, first pitch of the year and the converted catcher has an encounter at the plate. (No shin guards!)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Two WPs. Maybe he is the only guy who can catch himself a la Bugs.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess SD really didn’t want AGon to get any RBI’s there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager needs to get a hit to match the rest of the lineup.

    • WinnipegDave

      HR works.

  • My goodness, this is reminiscent of the 25-0 shellacking the Dodgers gave the Padres in that first series last year or the year before.

    • Bob_Hendley

      15-0 last year.

      • John_from_Aus

        I think if I remember correctly something like 25-0 was a several years ago against the Twins. I remember that game because I believe Aussie Trent O hit a home run.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ah yes. I was thinking of opening day.

          • Here’s what I was talking about: “The Dodgers shut out the Padres through three games to begin the 2016 season, outscoring them, 25-0.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton falling in love with his curveball.

  • WinnipegDave

    A slight ding in Kershaw’s shining armour.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just tuned in to notice a very nice start to the season

    • WBBsAs

      You’re late!

  • John_from_Aus

    I like the pinch hitting for Kershaw after 84 pitches. No need for him to go any further today.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hi everyone . . . let’s hope today’s score is indicative of 2017!

    How ironic that Puig is victimized by bad baserunning! The pain is lessened with a 10-run lead.

  • WBBsAs

    So, is this lead Hatcher-proof?

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal’s a pretty good No. 7 hitter.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree.
      Even without the numerical modifier.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Most Opening Day-HRs in franchise history . . . may that be a sign of things to come!

  • HLKLA

    Good win by the Dodgers and good to see our +or – ten run specialist put to good use and close it out!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!! First opening day I have had to miss in years, due to work. Looks like they did okay in the RBI department without me…

    • WBBsAs

      Somebody else missed Opening Day, due to “work,” but the crowd acknowledged his presence: https://twitter.com/RealAlexRubi/status/848994320883613697

      • RBI

        Ha! Bet I’m working harder.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — and more coherently.

          • RBI

            Day one, and we’re already violating rules. Look out, Link. Troublemakers on board.

          • Special dispensation for Opening Day granted.

          • WBBsAs

            It’s all about baseball.

  • foul tip

    Question time for those who can research it (looking at you, Bob H. 😉 The team could claim a HR cycle from yesterday with Joc’s slam kicking it off and 3-run, 2-run, and solo shots. Is that a MLB first, at least for opening day? Unlikely to have happened very often, if ever.

    And speaking of firsts, is the Padres’ experiment with Bethancourt as a 3-way player– pitcher, catcher, and OF a MLB first? You would think so.

    • WBBsAs

      Babe Ruth started as a pitcher and was a two-way player for a while before becoming a full-time outfielder.

      Personal anecdote: In high school, our No. 2 starter was our No. 1 catcher and, when we had to play a championship doubleheader, he pitched game No. 1 because our coach determined it would be too exhausting to catch a game and then pitch. Oddly, he won game No. 1, but our No. 1 starter lost game 2. Game 3 of the series took place a few days later, and our No. 1 starter won that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! More a like a question for Bob T.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnatfan Grant already experiencing buyer’s remorse: http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2017/4/3/15168182/mark-melancon-giants-offseason

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