Game Times and Broadcast Information:
Thursday: 3:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Friday: 9:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday: 7:40 pm on FS1, FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
All stats from the 2017 season
Thursday: Chase Anderson (141.1 IP, 2.74 ERA, 23.4 K%) v. Clayton Richard (197.1 IP, 4.79 ERA, 17.6 K%)
Both of Thursday afternoon’s pitchers are making their first Opening Day starts. Anderson earned the nod after overhauling his mechanics, adding two pitches to his arsenal and a tick to his velocity, and doubling his career bWAR. Richard earned his by leading the majors in hits allowed and the National League in losses. The haves and the have nots, my friends.
Friday: Jhoulys Chacin (SDP: 180.1 IP, 3.89 ERA, 20.0 K%) v. TBD
Chacin’s debut with Milwaukee will take place against the team he started Opening Day for last season. Milwaukee is Chacin’s sixth team in five seasons after spending the first six seasons of his career with Colorado. Fans of home/road splits upset about Chacin’s numbers away from Petco Park last season (6.73 ERA, .348 BABIP) will have to wait for his second start to voice those concerns.
The Padres have yet to announce a starter for Friday in the wake of the injury to No. 2 starter Dinelson Lamet, who I checked and it turns out that is a real person. Look for either Tyson Ross or Robbie Erlin here.
Saturday: Brent Suter (81.2 IP, 3.42 ERA, 18.8 K%) v. Luis Perdomo (163.2 IP, 4.67 ERA, 16.5 K%)
Brent Suter gets the game three nod to allow Zach Davies to pitch the home opening on Monday after securing the fourth spot in the rotation with a passable spring (21.2 IP, 4.57 ERA, 25 K). He’s fine, but he’d be finer if his name was “Alex Cobb.”
Luis Perdomo, not to be confused with Luis Perdomo, his uncle who was also a mediocre Padres pitcher, goes for San Diego. Perdomo was a Rule 5 pick off the Cardinals High-A club by Colorado in 2015, and was subsequently traded to San Diego, where he has spent the last two seasons trying with varying degrees of success to make the jump for A-ball to the majors.
2017: First meeting
All-Time: 66-73 (26-39 in San Diego)
The Brewers have less wins in San Diego than in any other major league city other than Tampa Bay, where the Brewers have only played nine times. Their .475 winning percentage against the Fathers ranks 13th out of 29 teams.
Are the Padres good?
PECOTA has the Pads as the 2nd-worst team in the National League, ahead of only the glorified farm team Derek Jeter has put together in South Beach. So, no. But they have some interesting talent, headlined by Eric Hosmer, who signed what amounts to a lifetime contract late this winter (hold that thought). Wil Myers is an underrated, post-hype hitter, and closer Brad Hand is one of the better relief pitchers in the league.
Ryan Braun at first base, huh? Just what the heck is this all about?
The internet’s demands have finally been met, and with Milwaukee facing a southpaw on Opening Day, Braun will be the Crew’s starting first baseman on Thursday. Is it gonna work? Look. Maybe. He’s said he’s not comfortable there, but he looks comfortable there, which is probably more important.
The move was necessitated by the Brewers acquisition of two center fielders for their already crowded outfield, and we’ll see how that all works out. Losing Jesus Aguilar, which is a near certainty when a fifth starter is needed barring an organizational shift away from an eight man bullpen, will hurt. Still, a first base platoon of Braun and Eric Thames is a formidable one, and between the two of them and Domingo Santana, it’ll leave a dangerous hitter available for pinch hit duty on a daily basis.
Travis I’m worried about the rotation, soothe me.
Look, here’s the good news. The Brewers had a top ten starting group last season, and their game six starter was Tommy Milone. The bad news is that most of that success came from the breakout year of Jimmy Nelson, who won’t be back for a while and will probably never be truly back — notable pitchers who returned to form after a labrum tear include: <null set>.
The Brewers should have signed another starter; there’s plenty of ways to look at the team this season, but most objective assessments see this team as at least a starting pitcher away from contention, and there were plenty available even as late as two weeks ago. The Brewers stood pat, either content with the current stable of pitchers (which would point to gross incompetence) or set on making moves at the deadline for pitchers who were available this winter (which would point to the organization valuing cash more than prospects). We’ll see how it goes. I’m not optimistic, TBQH.
Why are you trying to ruin this for me.
It’s Opening Day for heck’s sake.
You’re right, I’m sorry.
Can you just be fricken excited for 12 hours.
I’m excited. I like Loren-
Just tell me about Hosmer. You said you’d talk about Hosmer.
The Padres, who are gonna be terrible, and are very clearly the worst team in a loaded NL West, signed Hosmer to an eight year, $144 million contract last month. I don’t really get it, but it’s nice to see a team trying to get better when they see an opportunity, even if they aren’t necessarily one of the six or seven teams in World Series contention this season. Hosmer will be the foundation of the Padres lineup for the next decade-ish, and at an AAV of $18 million, it’s a contract that won’t age as disgracefully as the one the Angels are still paying off to Albert Pujols, last year’s worst everyday player.
Okay great. Thanks, Happy Opening Day, Travis.
And a Happy Opening Day to you, dear reader.