San Diego Padres (1-1) at LA Dodgers (1-1)
Lawrence to start
Lawrence to start

Posted Apr 6, 2004


I checked the standings this morning and the Padres are not 36.5 games back. What a shock, if you read what Dodger fan has been posting on the message boards you would think seasons are cumulative.

RHP Brian Lawrence (0-0, - ERA) and RHP Hideo Nomo (0-0, - ERA)

BLaw has not pitched well this spring. Padres’ fans are hoping the operative word is “spring”. The fans are also hoping that BLaw continues to “own” the Dodgers. Over the last three seasons, he is 7-3 with an ERA of 1.95 and batting average against (BAA) of .216.

Nomo has not pitched well in the spring. Nomo is now the “ace” with the departure of Kevin Brown. The last time Nomo threw 200 innings in back to back seasons, he was very mediocre the following year. Over the last 3 season against the Padres, Nomo is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.40 which is his highest ERA against a NL West opponent.

RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, - ERA) and LHP Odalis Perez (0-0, - ERA)

Peavy was put on the shelf with an oblique strain this spring. Word is that Peavy has a much improved change-up combine that with the low 90s gas and you have a good combination to keep hitters off balance. His lifetime record against the Dodgers is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA.

Perez is a very talented lefty. However, he is the enigma of the Dodger staff. He is proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. Perez had the highest ERA among regular Dodger starters last season with 4.52 and he had the distinction of calling out his teammates publicly when they didn’t score enough runs. In his last 3 seasons against the Padres he is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA.

RHP Adam Eaton (0-0, - ERA) and RHP Jeff Weaver (0-0, - ERA)

Eaton was reportedly working on smoothing out his delivery this spring. I can speak for Padres’ fans everywhere when I say I hope he worked it out because it wasn’t pretty this spring. In the last 3 seasons, Eaton has strong record against the Dodgers (3-1, 2.07 ERA).

The Padres have never faced the career American Leaguer in Weaver. Weaver was amazing with the Tigers but struggled mightily in the bright lights of the Bronx. Weaver is hoping to regain some of the luster he lost in the Big Apple.

Notes: Can someone fix that low wall in RF at Petco before someone gets seriously injured?!? I watched 2 guys go over on consecutive days and it was a sickening feeling in real time, I am certainly glad I didn’t have to watch it in slow motion. Come June, the Padres should draft the better Weaver…Jered Weaver of the Long Beach State Dirtbags. The Dodgers acquired the very talented and problematic Milton Bradley and parted ways with former Padre Bubba Trammell.



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