Opening Night is here. The Padres host the Dodgers at 5 p.m. PT. A few items of potential interest:
- Andrew Cashner completed six innings in 21 of his 26 starts last year. The Padres won 13 of those 21 games. They lost all five in which he failed to go six.
- Andre Ethier and Adrián González have had the most success against Cashner, although both have done so in fewer than 15 plate appearances, so take that with large buckets of salt.
- Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu had a reverse platoon split last year (633 OPS against righties, 738 against lefties), so sitting lefties might not be the best strategy.
- Exceptions are Seth Smith, who owns a 582 OPS in more than 400 career plate appearances against southpaws, and Alexi Amarista, who is not a big-league hitter.