The Dodgers and Padres will face off for the first time this season starting on Friday. The two National League pennant favorites will play a highly-anticipated series in San Diego over the weekend.
The good news for the Dodgers is that their starting rotation lines up perfect. After shifting a few things around so that Clayton Kershaw could go on normal rest today, Dave Roberts could potentially be throwing his best arms at the Padres.
As it lines up right now, Trevor Bauer, Dustin May, and Julio Urias are set to throw this week. The Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies for a 3-game series with those guys going. That makes the San Diego series very interesting.
The Dodgers could line up to throw Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Trevor Bauer in that series. The biggest question at this point seems to be if they will try to keep Kershaw on his regular rest, meaning he would throw Friday. That would likely move Walker Buehler back to Saturday though, and he would be pitching on 7 days of rest.
Whatever order they go in, the Dodgers appear ready to give the Padres looks at some of their top arms to start the season. With 19 games being played between the two NL West teams in 2021, it should be a whole lot of fun.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers won’t get to see the Padres operating at full health. Superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr is still in injury limbo with his shoulder issue. San Diego placed him on the 10-day IL but are still unsure about the route that he will take to get back to full health. While some experts think he may miss the entire season, the Padres aren’t so sure.