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Game of the Week: Dodgers vs Padres June 14th

It is hard to believe we are in the middle of June and nearing the midway point of the season.  It has been a good one so far, with some surprises and of course highlight reel catches, home runs, etc…  It seems that no matter the year, baseball has a way of keeping us intrigued even as we get close to the dog days of summer.

For this edition of Legend on Deck’s Game of the Week feature, we head out to sunny San Diego for a divisional game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

Matchup

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres has squared off 791 times in their history.  The Dodgers hold the advantage in the win/loss column with a record of 418-372, since the Padres entered the league in 1969.  Both teams have combined to score more than 6,000 runs in the series.

The very first time these two teams faced each other was April 15, 1969.  The expansion Padres didn’t do to well losing the game 14-0.  Claude Osteen picked up his second win of the season for the Dodgers, throwing a complete game three-hit shutout.  Dodger’s left fielder Andy Kosco had a tremendous day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double, home run, and six RBI.  The Dodgers would finish the season 85-77, and the Padres would have a record of 52-110.

Managers

Don Mattingly is currently in his fifth season as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  So far Los Angeles sits atop the National League West with a record of 32-25, which is good for a half game lead over the defending champion San Francisco Giants.  Mattingly comes with arguably a Hall of Fame career as a player for the New York Yankees.  He played 14 years in pinstripes collecting 2,153 and had a career batting average of .307.  He was beloved by the fans and pretty much all around baseball as well.

Bud Black is in his ninth year at the helm of the San Diego Padres.  In his career so far, he holds a record of 646-709 and has a National League Manager of the Year Award that he won back in 2010.  This season, the Padres are at .500 (29-29) and are three and a half back of the Dodgers.  Bud Black spent 15 years in the major leagues as a pitcher playing for five different franchises.  He holds a career record of 121-116 with an ERA of 3.84.

Last Season

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished 2014 with a record of 94-68, which was good for their second straight playoff appearance.  They lost in the Divisional Round against the St. Louis Cardinals three games to one.  Clayton Kershaw won 21 games for the second time in his career, and also picked up his third Cy Young Award and first NL MVP.

The San Diego Padres finished 2014 with a record of 77-85, which was a one win improvement for 2013, but not good enough to end the playoff drought.  The Padres haven’t reached the postseason since 2006.  The team certainly looks different from the year before, and were certainly busy this offseason changing the roster.  They brought players like Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, James Shields, and Wil Myers over to hopefully end the losing.

Top Prospect

Corey Seager is listed as the Dodgers top prospect.  Seager was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft.  He started 2015 in Double-A playing for the Tulsa Drillers, before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City.  This season, Seager is hitting .297 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 34 game at the highest minor league level.  He is turning into what the organization hoped when they drafted him as early as they did.  Time will tell if he cracks the major league roster this season or not.

According to MLBPipeline.com, Hunter Renfroe is the San Diego Padres top prospect.  He was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 31st round in 2010 but didn’t sign as he attended Mississippi State instead.  The Padres came calling in the first round of the 2013 draft and signed him and placed him Low-A ball.  Since then, Renfroe has steadily climbed through the ranks finding a home in Double-A in 2015.  So far this season the outfielder is hitting .226 with three home runs and 20 RBI.  The 23-year old still needs some seasoning before making his way to the Padres.

 

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John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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