Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cashner, McCarthy bring solid history into finale

Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner gets the start Wednesday night in the Opening Series finale against the Dodgers, a team he's not only familiar with but one he has had a great deal of success against in his career.
Despite a 1-2 record in 17 games -- including six starts -- Cashner has a dandy 1.53 ERA in 53 innings against the Dodgers, with 45 strikeouts.
He'll be opposed by Brandon McCarthy, who knows something about success against the Padres. A season ago, he had a 2.61 ERA in three starts against San Diego, tossing seven scoreless innings in a win in May and allowing one run over seven innings in a victory in June.
These two teams will meet again on April 24, when the Dodgers come to Petco Park for a three-game series.
Things to know
1. In Monday's opener, San Diego had eight different players make their Padres debut (Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks, Clint Barmes, James Shields and Shawn Kelley). That's the second-highest number of team debuts in the same game in franchise history, trailing only the opener in 2011 (nine players).
2. Wonder just how busy Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been? Since the end of the 2014 season, he's made 10 trades that have involved 38 players (coming and going) and made four free-agent signings of players who are on the 40-man roster.
3. McCarthy, signed to a four-year, $48 million contract in the offseason, moves up to the third starter spot usually manned by left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is likely to miss the month of April with a shoulder injury.
4. Former Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal got the start for the Dodgers on Tuesday, his first of the season. A.J. Ellis caught Clayton Kershaw in the opener. Grandal is expected to get the bulk of the starts behind the plate, but don't be surprised if Ellis starts Wednesday, as he's 5-for-10 lifetime against Cashner.

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