Padilla Not the Only Pitcher Looking For a Rebound

Each Dodger starter has pitched longer than the previous one so far this year. Will Vicente Padilla pitch into the ninth inning tonight, keeping the trend alive?

The second game of the Dodgers-Marlins series at Joe Robbie Stadium Pro Player Stadium Dolphins Stadium Dolphin Stadium Land Shark Stadium Sun Life Stadium features a battle of two pitchers looking to rebound from poor opening day performances.

Vicente Padilla lasted just 4 1/3 innings on Monday in Pittsburgh, and had seven runs charged to his ledger.  Tonight, however, he faces a Marlin lineup with just two left-handed batters, who have given him trouble throughout his career:

Vicente Padilla Career Splits
Split IP PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS FIP x-FIP
vs LHB 620.2 3057 .298/.381/.481 .862 5.44 5.12
vs RHB 699.1 3132 .241/.300/.368 .668 3.76 3.84
*thanks to Baseball-Reference & FanGraphs

 

Josh Johnson also struggled in his opening day start, allowing four runs in five innings in a loss to the Mets.  In his last two starts against the Dodgers, both Florida wins, Johnson has allowed six runs in 12 innings, but also hasn't walked a batter while striking out 10.  Johnson, who has rebounded from Tommy John surgery in 2007 to become one of the best pitchers in baseball, signed a four-year, $39 million contract this offseason which bought out his first two years of free agency.

Other Notes

  • Catcher Brad Ausmus was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a pinched nerve in his back.  Back on March 20, he received an epidural injection to relieve lower back pain, missing a few spring training games.  This is the first time in his 17-year career that Ausmus has been placed on the disabled list.  Per the Dodger game notes, the only active major leaguers with 10 or more years service time to never make a trip to the DL are Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez and Randy Winn.
  • A.J. Ellis, who was sixth in baseball with 12 walks in spring training, has been recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to take Ausmus' place on the roster.  Ellis flew to Miami today.
  • Andre Ethier will likely not play the rest of the weekend, reported Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
  • Hernandez also reports: "Sidelined reliever Hong-Chih Kuo is tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday. He could be sent on a minor-league rehabilitation shortly after.... Ronald Belisario, who was five weeks late to camp, could pitch to hitters in extended spring training as early as this weekend."
  • Rafael Furcal leads the majors with three stolen bases.  Tied for second (with 11 others) is none other than noted speedster James Loney.
  • Seth from Dinger's Blog took an in-depth look at Hiroki Kuroda's wonderful start last night, especially how he peppered the strike zone.
  • From the Marlins' game notes: Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, who have started five straight opening days together (2006-2010), lead all middle infield combos since 2006 with 225 home runs (Uggla 122, Ramirez 103)
  • The Palm Beach Post has a thorough photo gallery of yesterday's Marlin home opener here, including Russell Martin getting a haircut 30 minutes before game time.
  • Jon SooHoo's Dodger photo gallery from yesterday includes a Pedro Guerrero sighting!
  • I am not a fan of the green jerseys worn by the Dodgers on St. Patrick's Day, but I can't help but notice a good cause.  Game worn jerseys from March 17 are being auctioned off by the Dodgers, with proceeds going to the Dodger Dream Foundation.  The auction runs through April 19 at 11am, and more info can be found at Dodgers.com/DDFauction.

Check out Xeifrank's simulation of today's game here.

Game Time: 4:10pm

TV: KCAL

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