Ah, MLB Opening Night. It’s finally here and you need the necessary info in order to catch the action as the Los Angeles Dodgers square off against the San Diego Padres.
Date: March 30, 2014
First Pitch: 8:05 PM ET
Location: San Diego, CA
Venue: Petco Park
Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles – Hyun-jin Ryu (1-0, 2.20, 1.163); San Diego – Andrew Cashner (2-1, 2.30, 1.277)
Statistics are from spring training
Radio: LA – 570 Fox Sports LA, KTNQ 1020; SD – XPRS 1090, XEMO 860
Live Stream: ESPN3, Watch ESPN app
Starting lineups (as provided by Baseball Press):
|Carl Crawford* – 7||Evreth Cabrera** – 6|
|Yasiel Puig – 9||Chris Denorfia – 9|
|Hanley Remirez – 6||Chase Headley** – 5|
|Adian Gonzalez* – 3||Jedd Gyorko – 4|
|Andre Ethier* – 8||Yonder Alonso* – 3|
|Juan Uribe – 5||Tommy Medica – 7|
|A.J. Ellis – 2||Will Venable* – 8|
|Dee Gordon* – 4||Rene Rivera – 2|
|Hyun-jin Ryu -1||Andrew Cashner – 1|
|* – denotes LHB||** – denotes switch hitter|
[RELATED: Cashner preview v. Dodgers]
A Quick Look:
The Dodgers will be looking to improve upon their 2013 season when they reached the NLCS, eventually losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2. Perhaps their two biggest offseason signings won’t be on their Opening Day roster (Alexander Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarrena). They did add pitchers Dan Haren, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright, but those moves look more as short term solutions rather than toward the future.
But the biggest news is that Clayton Kershaw (back), due to start this game, was scratched and will begin the Dodgers stateside season on the disabled list.
The Padres inked reliever Joaquin Benoit to bolster their bullpen, but they also traded Luke Gregerson to the Oakland A’s. The Friars will also be without slugger Carlos Quentin for the foreseeable future as he begins the season on the disabled list due to an achy knee. Outfielder Cameron Maybin will miss more time than Quentin. Maybin is rehabbing after suffering a ruptured biceps tendon during spring training.
And free agent signee Josh Johnson will being the season on the DL as well (forearm).
Both clubs are sporting their largest Opening Day payrolls ever. According to Cot’s, the Dodgers sport a $229.8MM payroll while the Padres sit at $89.9MM. Take the LA’s top for earners (Zack Greinke – $26MM, Adrian Gonzalez – $21.8MM, Matt Kemp – $21.2MM, and Carl Crawford – $21.1MM) for a rough total of $90.1MM) and they surpass the Padres team payroll number.
For those that will be in attendance, the Padres have a surprise for you…
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 30, 2014