SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers open their 2016 season with three games against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Here is a look at the three-game series with the television schedule and probable pitching matchups.
Monday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Clayton Kershaw hasn't lost to the Padres since June 21, 2013. In seven starts against San Diego since then, Kershaw is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA, allowing nine runs (seven earned) with 66 strikeouts and 12 walks in 46⅔ innings. Tyson Ross pitched three scoreless innings in relief in that game, and since then has 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 44 innings over seven starts against Los Angeles, but is somehow 0-5.
The ESPN broadcast will feature it's No. 1 crew of Dan Shulman on play-by-play with analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza plus reporter Buster Olney. However, the ESPN broadcast will be blacked out in the Los Angeles and San Diego television markets.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir is 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 13 starts against National League teams in the last three seasons. The Padres were 19-21 against southpaw starting pitchers last year. James Shields, who started opening day for the Padres in 2015 at Dodger Stadium, gets the call in Game 2 this season. Shields put up a respectable 3.29 ERA in 16 home starts in his first season in San Diego, but he also allowed a whopping 19 home runs at home, tied for the most ever allowed in one season at Petco Park. The other person to allow 19 was Ian Kennedy, also last year, which made for a rough year on the mound for San Diego.
Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda had a pretty solid spring training, and will make his U.S. regular season debut with several million eyes watching his every move. The last Japanese right-hander the Dodgers got from the Hiroshima Carp also made his major league debut at Petco Park, with Hiroki Kuroda allowing one run in seven strong innings on April 4, 2008. Andrew Cashner has nine quality starts in 10 career starts aganst the Dodgers, dating back to 2013, allowing more than two runs only once during that span. Cashner has a 2.08 ERA in those starts but only a 1-4 record, and the Padres have somehow lost seven of those 10 games.