Los Angeles Dodgers Split With San Diego Padres: Who's To Blame?

Charlie JonesContributor IApril 9, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA- APRIL 6:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits the ball against the San Diego Padres during their Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

With an impressive win over the "Dodger Killer" Jake Peavy in their season opener, the Dodgers looked to qualm the opinions of those that said their pitching was sub-par.

In that game, Broxton threw an 11-pitch ninth inning with two strikeouts for the save.

Kuo made 23 pitches in a scoreless eighth inning that included two walks. Wade pitched 1 1/3 innings, bailing out starter Hiroki Kuroda of a sixth-inning jam by getting Kevin Kouzmanoff on a tapper back to the mound, then also pitched the seventh inning.

However there was a spectacular catch made by the Dodger center-fielder Kemp that saved the game.

The line drive to center got Kemp on his horse and he had to dive making a spectacular catch that kept the Dodgers ahead.

Should that have been a sign about the pitching?

In today's loss to the Padres, Martin didn't perform. Martin was up with the bases loaded and hit ground balls to short and second to end the threats twice. And, late in the game with runners at third and first, he hit  into a double play to end the game.

Is this a sign about the bottom part of the order?

Having Blake DeWitt lead-off? Is this a sign Torre is going to keep tweaking the line-up like last year which may effect how people play?

It's too early in the season to answer these questions. Each has a good answer.

The Dodgers starters will eventually go longer, probably into the seventh and eighth innings, allowing the Dodger power houses Broxton and Kuo to finish out games.

The bottom part of the order will break through their slump, hopefully. Martin has been under the weather and Ethier should be more relaxed in his new role as time goes on.

And Torre? Well, he batted DeWitt first, not to mess with anyone else in the order.

All in all not a bad start for the boys in blue!