Well, there's nothing more frustrating for a fan, a media member and a player (add coaches and managers to the list) than rain. It creates a degree of uncertainty. Will we get the game in? Should the team use a starter and risk losing him to a delay? Should we go to the game? All fair questions.
As I write, at 5:24pm PT, the rain is still falling heavily at Dodger Stadium, but the skies are starting to lighten up a bit. The infamous "they" tells us we'll get the game in, let's hope so.
Tonight, Clayton Richard is scheduled to start against former Padre, and now Dodger, Aaron Harang. The Padres salvaged the final game of the opening series against Los Angeles against Harang, Sunday at Petco Park. He gave up a two run homer to Matt Kemp, and that was pretty much the only blemish against him. Richard has a career 5-1 record against the Dodgers with a 2.18 ERA in 8 starts. Richard is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 3 starts at Dodger Stadium.
Padres Lineup: (Leitner/Scanlan XX1090, 7:05pm)
Among Padres hitters that have had some success against Harang, Jeremy Hermida leads the way, he's 7 for 15 with 2 homers and a double, which computes to a .467 batting average. Cameron Maybin is 4 for 10 with a homer in his career against Harang.
Joe Wieland is with the club here in Los Angeles, ahead of his first big league start tomorrow. Bud Black told us that it's one of his favorite things to do as a manager, to tell a kid he's coming up to the Majors for the first time. Black told us yesterday how much the organization liked Wieland's make up and composure during spring. Oh yeah, they liked his arm too. He will start tomorrow's 6:10pm game.
Mark Kotsay is here in Los Angeles as well. We will know more about condition after the game. The Padres expect that he'll be ready when he is eligible to come off the DL on Monday.
As of about 20 minutes ago, this was the scene at Dodger Stadium...
The tarp is off the field, but the clouds have rolled in again and the skies are threatening again. Keep your fingers crossed.