7:40? Who starts games at 7:40?
Easy. The Dodgers do, and they do it every Friday night. The thinking, so I’ve been told, is that by starting the game later, it will give those fans an extra 35 minutes or so to drive the, well, 12 or so additional feet in traffic.
Seriously, maybe it’s the old newspaper writer in me that detests anything later than a 7:05 p.m. start time. I don’t have the old hard-and-fast deadlines I did when I worked at the paper. Anyway, just a random observation from Dodger Stadium, where the Padres open a three-game series on Friday.
Is this a big series? It’s a point worth debating. It’s April, early April at that. But these games are against NL West teams which makes them important than for no other reason than we saw last season how important one game is. Give one away in April and it could come back to bite you in September. So in that sense, yes, they’re big, though I have trouble getting too excited this early.
After all, the Padres are leading the NL in batting average while the bullpen has five losses and two blown saves. Does anyone really expect those trends to hold up over a 162-game season? I won’t go as far as to say, ‘Call me in September’ but at least call me in May.