The Padres set a mark for futility

Associated Press

The Dodgers shut out the Padres for three straight games to open the season. Which was notable on both sides of the ball.

The Padres were outscored 25-0 in those three games, which is bad, but it was the length, not the depth, of their futility which was noteworthy. Specifically, they set the MLB mark with 27 straight scoreless innings to open a season. The old mark was 26 by the 1943 St. Louis Browns, according to STATS.

The Dodgers didn’t set a record, but they did match a mark set by the 1963 Cardinals in winning their first three games by shutouts. None of the individual pitchers got shutouts themselves because that just doesn’t happen in baseball anymore, but Clayton Kershaw had seven shutout innings and and Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda each had six shutout innings of their own.

The Padres now go to Colorado. That should help.