Baseball season is finally here, as it all gets underway tomorrow afternoon with plenty of action. Ok, so technically it starts tonight with the Braves-Phillies, but tomorrow is the real fun.
The Dodgers will be in San Diego for 4 games, followed by 3 in Arizona, before making their way back home next Monday against the Giants. Throw in a home set against the Rockies after that, and the Dodgers will play their first 13 games against all their division rivals. It's a good place to test where they stand this early in the year.
Jake Peavy will take the mound tomorrow, the Dodger Killer. His numbers are just sick against LA, as in 13-1 with a 2.32 ERA in 22 starts. Yikes. Hiroki Kuroda goes for LA, a surprise starter by most seeing that Chad Billingsley was the guy with the great numbers last year.
The Dodgers' lineup has been much hyped now that Manny has been brought in, along with the returns of Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal, and the addition of Orlando Hudson. The Padres will have to find ways to get on base for Adrian Gonzalez, the only true run-producer for them. Guys like Jody Gerut, Kevin Kouzmanoff, and Chase Headley will be counted on to continue their development and get the offense going.
Much like opening week in the NFL, too much is made of the first game in baseball. If your team dominates, then all the offseason moves have worked. If they put up blanks, then your GM sucks! Like the Dodgers showed last season, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. And doing pretty well along the way doesn't hurt.
Baseball fans, let the games begin!