The Diamondbacks — terrible uniforms and all — are in L.A. for the Dodgers’ home opener on Tuesday afternoon (4:10 PM EST) and have the tall task of taking on starter Kenta Maeda. Maeda not only tossed six shutout innings against the Padres in his major league debut last Wednesday, he crushed a home run as well. He became the first Dodger to homer in his debut since Jose Offerman in 1990. Maeda is also the pitcher to homer in his debut since Tommy Milone in 2011. Meanwhile, the D-Backs have lost four of their last five in part due to terrible starting pitching. Shelby Miller and Zack Greinke have combined to yield 21 earned runs in 21 innings of work thus far. Patrick Corbin, who will oppose Maeda today, was comparatively pretty good his first time out, serving up four runs on eight hits (three homers) with no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings.
The rest of Tuesday’s action:
Atlanta Braves (Jhoulys Chacin) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EST
The Braves are 0-6. Poor Craig.
San Diego Padres (Robbie Erlin) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Charlie Morton), 7:05 PM EST
Hopefully there aren’t any more infield fly rule shenanigans.
The Orioles set a new franchise record, starting the season with six consecutive wins. Can they make it seven?
Miami Marlins (Jose Fernandez) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 7:10 PM EST
This is the pitching match-up of the day, easily.
Nomar Mazara went 3-for-4 with a homer in his major league debut on Sunday, then followed up with a 2-for-4 performance on Monday. Not Story-esque, but that’s still really impressive.