Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Padres care more about series than Dodgers

The Padres are taking this much more seriously than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Starting tonight, the teams play a three-game series at Petco Park.

The Padres are pitching their top three starters. In turn, the Dodgers are going with their Nos. 3-5 starters.


Yes and no.

San Diego rearranged its rotation partly so that ace Jake Peavy will pitch the third game of the series. He follows Chris Young and Greg Maddux.

In the series opener, Los Angeles is pitching Jason Schmidt, who traditionally gets beat up by the Padres. That’s the same Schmidt who is coming off the disabled list.

The Dodgers could have pitched Schmidt last night in Pittsburgh and moved ace Derek Lowe back a day to face the Padres. And, yes, Lowe is a Padre killer.

On pitching match-ups alone, the Padres appear more interested in focusing specifically on this one series.

We’ll find out which team is using the best strategy over the next three days.

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