This is why the groans in Los Angeles:
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first in Pittsurgh. Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, rocking and rolling just like last year.
Bottom of the first, Padilla gives it right back. He left a belt-high fastball over the plate to the always dangerous Garrett Jones, who promptly deposited it into the Allegheny River for a two-run, game-tying homer.
Padilla knew it immediately, jerking his head down in disgust and making a waving, snapping motion with his arm.
See, the difference between an ace and others is that an ace specializes in slamming the door in innings after his team scores to give him a lead. Granted, it doesn't always happen that way. But it does more often than not.
Maybe Padilla winds up slamming the door more often than not as 2010 rolls along.
But he didn't in the first inning on opening day, and first impressions are, that's only going to reinforce the questions surrounding the Dodgers' sketchy rotation.