Last night’s Padres-Dodgers game marked the first day of uninterrupted baseball for the next 106 days until the All Star Break, and Padres outfielder Seth Smith kicked it off with a long, game-tying home run to right field in the eighth inning.
For the fifth time in the last six years, Smith homered within the first 10 games of the season. This was his first Opening Day home run since 2009 with the Colorado Rockies, when he hit a game tying home run against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning.
Looking forward, here are some match ups to keep an eye on today:
- Three of today’s starters have allowed one or zero home runs against the teams they will be facing: Chris Tillman has allowed one home run to current Red Sox players, Cliff Lee has allowed one home run to current Rangers, and Jorge De La Rosa has not allowed a home run to any current Marlins players.
- White Sox southpaw Chris Sale has allowed only two home runs to the Twins current roster…both to Brian Dozier.
- Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has 10 career hits against Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, three of which were home runs.
- Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has five career home runs off Rays starter David Price. None of the other starters today have given up more home runs to a single player.