The MLB season started last week with a series between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks in Australia. However, it was Sunday night that truly marked the beginning of baseball season, as ballparks around the nation will have their opening days this week. On Sunday night, the Dodgers were back in action, this time against divisional rival San Diego. Despite sweeping the series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, the Dodgers started off the season in the States with a 3-1 loss to the Padres.
The starting pitcher for the Dodgers was South Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu went 7-innings and had seven strikeouts, while only allowing three hits. Ryu then exited the game in the eighth, as the Dodgers had a 1-0 lead off a Carl Crawford RBI single to left field. Dee Gorden would score on the play, making for the first run on the scoreboard.
In the eighth, Brian Wilson entered for the Dodgers. Wilson was known as a ferocious player with an equally intimidating beard for the Giants and has a career ERA of 3.15. However, Wilson gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits on Sunday and was unable to get any outs in the inning. The Padres would score one more time after Wilson’s departure and went ahead, 3-1 to end the inning.
The Dodgers failed to score in the 9th, leaving for a final score of 3-1 as the Padres got their first win on the season and can claim first place in the NL West, even if it’s only for a short-lived time.
Scoring for the Padres was Seth Smith, the former member of the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics, who homered in his first game as a Padre. His 384-feet homerun was the followed up by Chris Denorfia singling into center, which allowed Yasmani Grandal and Everth Cabrera to score.
Despite the loss, the Dodgers still have the best odds in MLB to win the World Series. They currently sit at 11/2, which comes due to the highest payroll in baseball that includes Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe. Their pitching staff includes the likes of Ryu and Zack Greinke. They also have Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett and Matt Kemp, all of who are on the disabled list but will likely be back within the first 15-days of the season.
Monday will include 13 more games on the MLB slate as we get full-swing in another year where teams make the push for the World Series.
After the Dodgers, the Tigers sit at 8/1 to win the World Series this year, the Cardinals are 9/1, the Nationals and Yankees are 12/1 and the Red Sox and Rays are 15/1.