For the third year in a row, and for the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Dodgers open their season against the Padres. To start 2017, these two teams will battle in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. Here are the details and pitching matchups for the contests.
Monday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Clayton Kershaw starts his seventh consecutive opening day for the Dodgers, who not so coincidentally are looking for their seventh straight opening day victory. The Dodgers have also won Kershaw’s last nine starts against the Padres, dating back to 2013, and he has allowed nine total runs in those games.
Jhoulys Chacin gets the opening day nod for the Padres, in a spot he has usually done well in. The longtime Rockies right-hander in nine career games at Dodger Stadium, including eight starts, has a 2.94 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49 innings.
Dave Flemming, Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden will call the game for ESPN, though that telecast will be blacked out in the Los Angeles television market.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda had 27 strikeouts and just two walks in four starts against the Padres in 2016. Clayton Richard is back with the Padres and will be the first left-handed starting pitcher the Dodgers face in 2017.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
Rich Hill gets the ball in Game 3 of the season, with the Dodgers deciding to break up the left-handers at the top of their rotation. Hill has made five career starts at Dodger Stadium — one in 2007 with the Cubs, three during the regular season last year, and once in the NLCS — and has a total of one run in 29 innings, with 27 strikeouts and seven walks in 29 innings.
Trevor Cahill made seven starts in the Dodgers organization in 2015, including six games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. After a successful stint in the Cubs bullpen in 2016, the veteran right-hander is back in a starting rotation after four major league starts in the last two years.
This game is the first of 10 games in April and May simulcast on KTLA, making the game more widely available in the Los Angeles market.
Thursday, 12:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brandon McCarthy starts the series finale for the Dodgers, a daytime start on getaway day. Jered Weaver makes his Padres debut after 11 years and 322 starts with the Angels.