The Los Angeles Dodgers currently sit in first place in the NL West, despite being swept by the Giants up in San Francisco this week. Andrew Friedman’s new-look Dodgers are just 1-5 on the road, but will need to take two of three at Petco Park this weekend if they hope to still be atop the division on Monday morning.
The Padres, who look an awful lot like the Dodgers of recent memories with a roster full of All-Stars, are readying themselves for another weekend of sold out crowds and excitement.
In a way, tonight’s game to kickoff the series is like a second home-opener for A.J. Preller’s squad. They have proven themselves worthy of our offseason fawning, jumping out of the gates to one of the best starts in team history, and are now simply hoping to stay healthy and keep the momentum going.
While the Padres have struggled to win games consistently with Bud Black as manager, they have also struggled to get home-town fans out to the ballpark for games against division foes such as this weekend’s series. The first series of this season, against the San Francisco Giants, surprised many when the crowd was more blue (and brown) than orange. This weekend provides another chance for the fans to show the players, coaches, and front office of the Padres that they’re willing and able to support a winning ballclub and provide them with a homefield advantage.
If you can’t make it out to all three games to support the Friars, make sure you listen to the radio broadcast of the game on The Mighty 1090AM!
Friday: Andrew Cashner vs. Zach Greinke
Saturday: Ian Kennedy vs. Brandon McCarthy
Sunday: Brandon Morrow vs. Scott Baker