Thursday, April 9, 2015

Formidable Kennedy facing Giants in SD home opener

During years past, particularly recent seasons, Giants fans turned out at Petco Park in such large numbers that San Francisco, not San Diego, seemed to have home-field advantage when the teams met.
That could change now that the Padres have revamped their roster and, in the process, revived fan interest. Moreover, they'll have Ian Kennedy pitching for them in Thursday's 3:40 p.m. PT home opener against the Giants. Kennedy has thrived against the Giants, going 9-4 in 20 starts with a dandy 2.52 ERA. A fly-ball pitcher, Kennedy has recorded a 3.30 ERA in spacious Petco Park.
Things to know about this game
• San Diego center fielder Wil Myers had a stolen base in each of the team's first two games. Myers set a personal best in steals with six last season for the Rays.
• Giants left fielder Nori Aoki owns an 11-game hitting streak, dating back to last season. His career high is 15, which he reached with Milwaukee from June 23-July 8, 2012. He's also 5-for-10 lifetime off Kennedy.
• It should come as no surprise that new Padres right fielder Matt Kemp, who had three RBIs in the first two games, has gotten off to a fast start. He's a career .318/.383/.563 hitter in the month of April. June (.300 batting average) ranks as his second-most-productive month.
• Buster Posey is a career .417 hitter (15-for-36) off Kennedy. He also has a lifetime .350/.378/.585 slash line at Petco Park.

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