The Dodgers, fresh off a very satisfying 4-1 win over longtime nemesis Jake Peavy and the Padres, hope to have similar success against Tall Chris Young. The Dodgers have had better success against Young than Peavy, winning six of Young's 11 starts against them. Young does have a 4.03 career ERA against the Dodgers.
The one thing that stands out about Chris Young is just how easy it is to steal bases off him. Since coming to the Padres in 2006, opposing runners have stolen 100 bases of the tall righthander, and have only been caught six times. The Dodgers are 21 for 22 in their 11 games, so look for them to run wild tonight.
Randy Wolf begins his second tour of duty with the Dodgers tonight. If you'll remember, he started his 2007 Dodger season in fine form, striking out 9.68 batters per nine innings in his first 11 starts. How will Randy Wolf do this time around? Only time will tell.
The only lineup changes for either team are Scott Hairston and Nick Hundley making their way into centerfield and catcher, respectively, for the Padres. This is the first time the Dodgers have fielded the same eight-man lineup for the first two games of a season since they opened the 2004 season with the same lineup for five straight games.
|SS||Rafael Furcal||2B||David Eckstein|
|2B||Orlando Hudson ||RF||Brian Giles|
|LF||Manny Ramirez ||1B||Adrian Gonzalez|
|RF||Andre Ethier||3B||Kevin Kouzmanoff|
|C||Russell Martin||LF||Chase Headley|
|1B||James Loney||CF||Scott Hairston|
|CF||Matt Kemp ||C||Nick Hundley|
|3B||Casey Blake||SS||Luis Rodriguez|
|P||Randy Wolf||P||Chris Young|
The Dodgers haven't opened a season with two straight road wins since 2000.
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