Ex-Padres Blow it For Dodgers as New San Diego Guys Shine

This past off season, the New Look San Diego Padres unloaded a pile of crap on the Dodgers in exchange for Matt Kemp, and then went out and surrounded him with a powerful lineup of talented offensive players. On the other hand, in the Kemp giveaway LA came away with an over-rated catcher and a couple of questionable pitchers. It was apropos that the two teams should start the new season against each other, and while the Dodgers got the upper hand in the opener, things reverted to form in game two last night. Unquestionably one of the league’s stars of the early season and clearly on track to win the National League MVP as I predicted several days ago, is Kemp, who got two hits and drove

in three runs against Clayton Kershaw in the opener, and followed that up yesterday with another hit, a stolen base, and by scoring the first run of the game.

Padres' newcomers Kemp, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Wll Myers, Justin Upton and Clint Barmes combined to go eight-for-25 (.320) and drive in five runs in the Padres come-from-behind win that was handed to them by the awful
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performances of two of the ex-padres dispatched in the Kemp deal.

In the ninth inning of a 3-3 tie, interim closer Chris Hatcher, one of the ex-Pads and fresh off a decent first effort the day before when he recorded his first-ever save, received a giant dose of reality, thanks in part to some absolutely miserable defense from the great defensive savior at catcher acquired in the Kemp giveaway, Yasmani Grandal. After Barmes greeted Hatcher with a leadoff single, pinch hitter Cory Spangenberg laid down a bunt that the immensely overrated Grandal overran and was unable to handle cleanly, and then when he did pick it up, he promptly threw it directly into Spangenberg’s back for an error, allowing Barnes to go to third, with Spangenberg safe at first. Myers then singled to right, driving in one run, with Barnes going to third. Then the duo of Hatcher and Grandal let the “speedy” Myers, who stole 11 bases total in his first two major league seasons, steal second, and that was followed by a double by Norris, driving in both runners, and that was it for Hatcher, who, after Norris scored on a hit by Middlebrooks, was charged with four runs and the loss.

San Diego’s newest acquisition, premier closer Craig Kimbrel, ended the night by striking out all three Dodgers he faced.

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Today is the series finale, with one of the many new Dodgers' retreads, this one to the tune of $48 Million for four years, Brandon McCarthy, making his debut. McCarthy, at 31, is coming off his first-ever major league season in which he did not miss significant time with a debilitating injury, compiling a 10-15 won-lost record between the yankees and D'Backs, and a spring where he basically could not get anybody out, to the tune of a 6.62 ERA. The Dodgers are his sixth major league team.

With Hatcher having pitched in each of the first two games, should McCarthy actually do well enough and the Dodgers get to the ninth inning in need of a closer, it figures to be someone else getting the ball. Who that might be is anybody’s guess. All we know for sure is that it will not be be Kenley Jansen and that it will not be Craig Kimbrel.

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