After another unsuccessful regular season in 2014 the San Diego Padres were extremely aggressive in the offseason, acquiring an entire new outfield in former Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp, slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves and one of the most talented young power hitters in baseball, Wil Meyers. After missing the playoffs for the 8th consecutive season the Padres set out in the offseason to upgrade their offense and made a major statement in re-tooling their outfield. The revised outfield will team with young third baseman Will Middlebrooks and second baseman Jed Gyorko to potentially give the Padres an offensive attack to rival their outstanding young starting rotation. With incumbent catcher Yasmani Grandal now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Padres acquired Derek Norris, an outstanding offensive catcher, from the Oakland Athletics. Norris should give the Padres consistent offensive production from the catcher position. The strength of the Padres last season was the starting rotation, led by Tyson Ross, Andrew Hahn, Ian Kennedy and Andrew Cashner. Ross, Hahn and Cashner all had earned run averages at and under 3.00, with Ross putting together a breakout season, finishing in the top ten in the league in earned run average. Andrew Cashner is the teams ace, putting together another outstanding season in 2014, while dealing with injury in the process. The big right-hander had a 2.55 earned run average.
Currently opening day ticket prices for the San Diego Padres on the secondary market have risen from an average ticket price of $130.00 in 2014 to $210.00 in 2015, a jump of 56 percent. The average ticket prices on the secondary market for Padres home games at Petco Park also rose from $38.00 in 2014 to $65.00 in 2015, an increase of 71 percent. The most expensive games of the 2015 season come when the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Petco Park in San Diego. The rise in ticket prices on the secondary market is based on the increased expectations of the Padres, due in large part to their aggressive efforts in the offseason to build their roster and compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in the National League West. With a dependable bullpen, one of the best starting rotations in baseball, and a new slugging outfield the Padres suddenly have big expectations. The key to their success will be the performance of Kemp and the evolution of Wil Meyers. Kemp had a tremendous second half last season, leading the National League in runs batted in after the All Star break. Meyers has prodigious power but battled inconsistency and injury last season. If he can recapture his form from 2013 the Padres could very well have the top slugging outfield in major league baseball.
The Padres will enter the 2015 season as one of the bigger stories in baseball and will be an interesting team to watch. If they can pull their offense out of the basement and if the young rotation continues their evolution they very well could give the Dodgers and Giants more than they can handle in the NL West.
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Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 MLB Opening Day Tickets for their April 6TH opener against the San Diego Padres and ex beloved Dodger Mat Kemp are down almost 40% since last season for. While Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to be on mound on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium the San Diego Padres don’t have the same draw as last season’s opener against the San Francisco Giants. The dramatic drop in price gives the average fan a great chance to get a deal on 2015 Dodgers Opening Day tickets which last season were averaging $100.00 to get in the door.
Field Box Level tickets are down 33% from last year’s price of $225.per ticket.
Loge Level tickets are down 30.76% from last years price of $170 per ticket.
Reserve Level tickets are down 35% from last years price of $135 per ticket
Top Deck Infield Level Tickets are down 40% from last year price of $105 per ticket
The impact of Andrew Friedman as Dodgers Chairman has been immediate and sudden, with several moves during the annual Major League Baseball winter meetings designed to remake the roster. The moves have the imprint of Friedman’s work in Tampa, where he created a contender in a small market. Here’s a look at the Dodgers big moves and the impact on the upcoming season.
Decision not to sign Hanley Ramirez: The Dodgers made the decision to not re-sign Hanley Ramirez, losing the slugging shortstop to the Boston Red Sox. When healthy during the past two seasons Ramirez had one of the best bats in the National League; unfortunately health was a major concern for Ramirez, with nagging injuries often finding the slugger on the bench. Defensively Ramirez was a major liability, ranking towards the bottom of the National League in defensive ratings, forcing the Dodgers to replace him during late game situations. With Ramirez in the American League the Dodgers traded for veteran Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies. The former National League MVP has lost some range defensively, but the four-time Gold Glove winner is a major defensive upgrade. He’s also a highly durable player who hit 17 home runs a year ago. Rollins should be an excellent short-term solution until the Dodgers shortstop of the future, Corey Seager, is able to take over the role.
Trade of Matt Kemp: After dealing with injuries for nearly two full seasons the Dodgers outfielder had a tremendous second half a year ago, reminiscent of his MVP-contending seasons. With a logjam in the outfield the Dodgers opted to deal Kemp when the demand for the slugger was hot. Due to nagging injuries and diminished defensive performance, Kemp is a major question mark. The Padres gambled in acquiring the slugger, who has a big contract that runs through 2019. The telling quote in the trade of Kemp was when Friedman (Talking to MLB.com) stated that the move of Kemp is “an effort to mold the roster into a highly functioning baseball team rather than a collection of talent.” With Kemp gone the Dodgers now has a position for young star Joc Pederson, who will have every opportunity to earn a starting position. Pederson had a big year in the minor leagues last season and will be an upgrade over Kemp defensively.
The big piece the Dodgers picked up in the Kemp trade is catcher Yasmani Grandal. The Miami native is a talented catcher who had an outstanding rookie season in 2012 before suffering an ACL tear in 2013. Last year Grandal had an up and down season with flashes of offensive brilliance combined with inconsistency. Defensively Grandal is an excellent pitch framer who struggled to throw out opposing runners. Grandal has the talent to be an upgrade over AJ Ellis, giving the Dodgers a potential upper echelon bat at the catcher’s position.
Howie Kendrick: The Dodgers will have a new double play combo next season with the acquisition of Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels. Kendrick is one of the most consistent second baseman in all of baseball, putting together another consistent season last year. He’ll replace Dee Gordon, who the Dodgers traded to the Miami Marlins. Gordon had a breakout season a year ago, leading the league in stolen bases and triples. While Gordon injected excitement at the top of the order he was a below average defensive second baseman. The dependable Kendrick will be a defensive upgrade and is a solid bet to continue his consistency at the plate.
Brandon McCarthy: Looking to improve the back end of their bullpen the Dodgers signed Brandon McCarthy away from the New York Yankees. Last season the Dodgers received spotty production from Dan Haren and solid production from Josh Beckett, when the veteran right-hander wasn’t injured. McCarthy should be an ideal 4th starter, giving the team durability and consistency. Over the last four seasons McCarthy has a 3.81 ERA in 97 starts, ranking 48th among the 90 major league pitchers who through at least 500 innings during that span. He’s a savvy veteran and good clubhouse guy who should be an excellent addition to the roster.
The Dodgers have done an excellent job creating a more balanced roster. They’ll clearly be better up the middle, with the big question mark whether or not they can produce at the plate with Kemp and Ramirez no longer on the roster. The starting rotation is virtually set with the last remaining question mark the bullpen. Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta are decent acquisition, but the Dodgers still are likely to make a few moves to better their overall bullpen depth. Don Mattingly’s lack of confidence in his setup men had a direct effect on Clayton Kershaw blowing two leads versus the St Louis Cardinals in the postseason. A better group of setup men will go a long way towards real postseason success. You can also purchase Cardinals Tickets for their games against the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
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Urias impresses: In the opening game of their doubleheader on Saturday the Dodgers started seventeen-year-old Mexican pitcher Julio Urias. The young phenom, whose drawn comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela, struck out two of the three batters he faced with his fastball reaching 97 miles per hour. The signing of Urias points to the impressive finds by the Dodgers scouting department. Los Angeles signed Urias on the same trip that yielded them Yasiel Puig. Urias will start the season in high A Rancho Cucamonga, but may be on the fast track to the major leagues.
Final Tune-up for Kershaw: Clayton Kershaw started versus the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, giving up five earned runs in just over five innings, throwing 86 pitches. The Dodgers ace had a rough spring training by his standards with a 9.20 ERA, but should be ready to start the Dodgers season opener next weekend at the Sydney Cricket Grounds. The Dodgers will arrive in Australia five games prior to the opening series to get acclimated to the time difference.
Australian Opener: Due to the time difference between Australia and Los Angeles both games between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers Opening Day will technically be played next Saturday. The opener, a night game in Australia, will be air at 1:00 AM Saturday in Los Angeles. The second and final game, an afternoon game in Sydney, will take place at 7:00 PM in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw will face Patrick Corbin in the opener, while Hyun Jin-Ryu will face Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks in the second game. After returning home the Dodgers will have a full eight games before they travel to San Diego to face the Padres for opening day.
Puig’s Slump Continues: Unlike last spring where he hit over .500 and impressed everyone, it’s been a difficult spring for second year Cuban star Yasiel Puig. With just over thirty at bats Puig is hitting just .152 with a lone home run. Many stars have tough springs and it doesn’t mean they’ll have a slow start to the regular season, but Puig’s struggles are making many speculate whether or not the tough end to the season he had in 2013 will translate into this season. Opposing teams seemingly found a way to pitch the young star towards the end of last year, busting him inside with fastballs while throwing breaking balls away. How Puig looks at the plate will be an interesting storyline as the Dodgers make the trip to Australia.
Rotation Question Marks: When the Dodgers signed Paul Maholm from the Pirates it looked like they had more than enough starting pitchers to kick off the season. With Chad Billingsley still recovering from Tommy John surgery and Josh Beckett getting hit hard in his latest spring start, while battling a thumb injury, the Dodgers may be looking to Maholm to occupy the fifth starter position when the season begins. Maholm, who looked solid in his first couple of spring outings was hit hard by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, giving up six runs on six hits in just over two innings. At this point Maholm is likely the Dodgers fifth starter, especially with Stephen Fife being sent to the minor league camp. If he struggles out of the gate the Dodgers may quickly turn to Fife.
This is one of the most anticipated seasons for Dodgers fans in a while. After the miricle run in the 2013 season fans are hoping and expecting the Dodgers to make it further in the playoffs this year. Does spring training predict the season we shall see as Opening Day is just a week away for the Dodgers.
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