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Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Posted on: March 25, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 4:43 pm

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- That the Dodgers will hand the ball to veteran Vicente Padilla for the start on opening day doesn't quite inspire drumrolls, Angels blaring trumpets or red carpets.

As Dodgers manager Joe Torre was saying here in the desert Thursday morning, somebody has to start in Pittsburgh on April 5.

Think I'm being sarcastic here? I'm not.

"We just had to pick someone, and he's the one," Torre said. "Am I saying he's better than the other guys? I can't do that. We decided to line them up that way.

"The fact is, we don't have a No. 1. We have four guys who have pitched important games for us."

That pretty much says it all. The Dodgers are waiting for Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw to step up. Each has No. 1 stuff. But both are still maturing and growing. Padilla will be followed in the rotation by Kershaw, then Billingsley, and then Hiroki Kuroda.

The Dodgers' fifth starter remains unnamed. Veteran Russ Ortiz has moved into position to win that job over the final 10 days or so of the spring. Journeyman Ramon Ortiz also is vying for the slot, as are knuckleballer Charlie Haeger, former Blue Jay Josh Towers, Justin Miller and Eric Sults.

As for Padilla, the Dodgers signed him as a minor-league free agent last August after the Rangers essentially booted him off the team. He went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA over eight games (seven starts) for the Dodgers down the stretch.

While he threw seven shutout innings against St. Louis in the playoffs last October, he was 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in two NLCS starts against the Phillies.

Torre said that Padilla's playoff work factored into the decision some, but, basically, "we have four guys and you can put their name in a hat."

Sunblock Day? Rocking now in Arizona: High 70s, 80s this weekend.

Likes: Phil Hughes as the Yankees fifth starter. Vicente Padilla as the Dodgers opening day starter. Love the time in the spring when we're close enough to Opening Day that decisions start rolling in. ... Doug Mientkiewicz's grit. The veteran is in Dodgers' camp trying to win a job. His shoulder is much better following last year's surgery. Don't know if he's going to make it in LA, but maybe somewhere. ... Dodger legend Don Newcombe addressing the team before Thursday's practice. ... The bunting contest the Giants had scheduled for Thursday morning, a handful of pitchers vs. a handful of position players. ... Tina Fey on David Letterman Wednesday night. Date Night looks like it's got possibilities. ... Four more days of NCAA tourney action. Go Butler, go Michigan State and go Cornell.

Dislikes: Glad to see baseball remove the silly off day from the middle of the League Championship Series, which probably will force teams to use four starters throughout (as opposed to the way the Yankees were able to take advantage of off days and breeze through the entire postseason with just three starting pitchers last fall). But there's still too much time between the LCS and World Series, and this does nothing to move the World Series up and prevent it from being played in November. A very inauspicious start by Commissioner Bud Selig's special committee for on-field matters. ... Dwight Gooden's ongoing saga. Driving under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, and all with a child in the car. That's pathetic. ... The fact that in this blog the other day I referred to the movie Ghost Writer as Ghost Rider. I know it's Ghost Writer. As in, someone who writes a book for someone else in that someone else's voice. Ugh. Obviously I need more spring training. Still not quite in mid-season form.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"I still love Tom Petty songs
"And driving old men crazy"

-- Gaslight Anthem, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues



Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2010 8:18 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Any questions? that's why Padilla need to be back where he belong, the dog house!
Mr.Jones meets Padilla's 88mph fastball - BANG 2 hrs ! and how many runs later????

Now do you all wish you have Billingsley to open? or that matter anyone esle on the team.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2010 4:47 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Kershaw?  Billingsley?  Have you not seen these guys pitch?

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2010 12:29 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Think outside the box a little bit. Padilla is kind of a head case.  he has performed poorly in situations where he was made to feel that people had no faith in him. He was released by the Rangers last year: not because he lost his stuff on the mound but because he "lost it" psychologically. As there is no given opening day starter on the LAD roster, why not use this largely cermonial title of opening day starter to Padilla in order to communicate the faith that Torre has in him to turn over a new leaf.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 12:29 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Your intelligence speaks volume if thats all you get out from my comment?  I know, I roughed up your soft spot so just keep hiding in that basement, because as soon as you get out, the Hmo community is after your *sssssssssssss

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2010 11:31 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Why would you Dodger fans expect anything better?  Your beloved Dodgers season will be played areound your AWESOME OWNERS and their divorce.  Nice off-season signings fellas!!!

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Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2010 8:25 pm
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Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:56 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

Beside the fact that Scott Miller's hair looks like Dan Marino, i do like this article. Lots of sarcasm in your tones with this announcment of   as the starter on opening day. But then again why should you not be, better yet the entired baseball world should be too. I don't know how to put it, but the Dodgers may come out on top in the West this year but to have  as your Ace and opening starter to begin, what should the the best seasons yet ? Just doesn't sound sexy or even close to getting on to first base with the ugliest girl in your class. Ok fine, anyone can start against the poor Pirates, then why not stick in there and see how great it sound and looks now!
Joe Torres is known to stick with his veteran first, i think it may have something to do with winning, i guess!
Alright, i am trying to do a Scott millers impression but i have a feeling i'll be have tomatos thrown in at my hair.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:21 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

"The fact is, we don't have a No. 1."

or a #2

game over, another Torre disaster

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2010 6:44 pm

Padilla as LA opening day starter speaks volumes

What about the book on his attempt at suicide as reported by Al Antonen, "three weeks after his attempted suicide in 1995, Dwight Gooden walked to the end of his mother's 100-foot dock and threw the 9mm automatic pistol into Tampa Bay."  Some people grasp recovery and truly believe in miracles.  And for some, they just die.

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