Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres - 3/30/14
Los Angeles Dodgers (2-0) at San Diego Padres (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm (PETCO Park)
Zack Greinke (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Andrew Cashner (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: San Diego Padres -105 / Los Angeles Dodgers -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play Sunday night in what will be the first MLB regular season game on American soil. The Dodgers are already 2-0 after two games played against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
The Dodgers will start 26-year-old Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has only pitched in 30 games in his career. One of those games he pitched last season was at Peco Park, and Ryu got the win by allowing 8 hits and 1 earned run in 6.1 innings, while also striking out six batters. In Ryu’s start earlier this season, he went 5 innings, allowed two hits and struck out five before injuring his toe. The Dodgers will face Andre Cashner, a pitcher who Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig are a combined 2-20 against.
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This is truly opening day for the Padres and will be Cashner’s fourth time pitching against the Dodgers. In his career, Cashner is 0-2 against the Dodgers, has allowed 24 hits in 34 innings and has walked 16 batters. However, Cashner has allowed only 5 earned runs during those 34 innings. Cashner is a hard throwing 27-year-old who really showed his potential towards the end of last season, finishing the month of September with only 9 hits allowed in 23.2 innings and 21 strikeouts.
The Dodgers are 24-5 in their last 29 during game 1 of a series and 7-1 in Ryus last 8 starts as an underdog. The Padres are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 10-4 in their last 14 home games. The Dodgers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings against the Padres.
With such even odds, I like the Padres to win this game. The Padres are at home, have a hard throwing pitcher who has history of shutting down the best Dodgers’ batters and the long losing streak against the Dodgers has to end at some point.
Why not on Opening Day?
I’ll take the Padres in this matchup to begin the baseball season.