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The Padres were historically shelled on Opening Day


Isn’t it bad enough the Padres had to face Clayton Kershaw — the best pitcher in baseball — on Opening Day? Can’t the baseball gods cut them a little slack? Apparently not, as the Dodgers’ offense was as unstoppable as Kershaw. And nobody homered.

Yeah, Kershaw did his thing. The lefty went seven innings, allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out nine. As if you’d expect anything else from the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

On offense, both Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez had three hits each. Gonzalez had three rib-eyes, as did A.J. Ellis. Utley, Corey Seager, and Trayce Thompson had two each. Every starter in the Dodgers’ lineup, including Kershaw, had at least one hit and one run scored.

The game was competitive through five innings, but the Dodgers broke out for five runs in the fifth inning against Tyson Ross and it started when Puig was hit by a pitch with one out. The Dodgers then got five consecutive hits, turning a 3-0 lead into an 8-0 lead.

The Dodgers tacked on three more in the seventh on a Thompson two-run double and an Utley RBI single. It continued into the eighth with four more runs, which included Puig tripling into a Little League home run. The game ended, mercifully, in a 15-0 Dodgers victory.

Per Bill Center, it’s the worst Opening Day shutout loss in major league history and the worst Opening Day loss in the Padres’ history. Ouch.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.