Do not use the Padres’ series as a standard to judge how well the Dodgers starting rotation will do against the Giants their next opponent. Rather think of it as an anomaly. An anomaly that may not repeat itself.
R.J, Anderson of CBS Sports posted a very interesting article (link to article) regarding the Dodgers’ rotation after their surprising performance against Padres which puts everything into the proper perspective, In the article he points to the Padres’ hitting debacle for the reason their rotation success. You see during the series, the Padres did not change their lineup even though it did not produce any runs. A change in the lineup could have a least produce some runs if not a win.
This Lineup debacle could be the reason that Kazmir won on Tuesday as Aderson put it, We will see how really good he pitches when he faces the Giants on Sunday. So far after their first three games, the Giants rank fourth and have combined total of 17 runs and 28 hits after 103 at bats they have an average of .272. This is far better than the Padres who are ranked at 15 with 0 runs 11 hits and batting average of .120 and he faced on Tuesday.
The Dodgers have another suspect pitcher Alex Wood who will be tonight’s starter. He still has to prove that he can win a game. He lost three of his five starts while not garnering a win during spring training.
Their fifth starter Ross Stripling will start against the Giants on Friday which will be his first pro start. While I would not consider suspect, it would be because I do not have enough information about him to consider him suspect.
So let me break it down this way. The Dodgers are going into San Fransico with a suspect rotation that got lucky in San Diago, This rotation who has one known dependable pitcher, Kershaw. While I like Maeda and I know more about what Kershaw could do. Kazmir and Woods, you know what they can do thus leaving you with an unfavorable impression. Stripling has shown some promise, but there is not enough to be comfortable with him.
Will this be enough to pull off victories? I only know that the Kershaw pitches will be a winner.