Setting the tone

The Padres can put a stranglehold on the NL West this month. One of the reasons Woody Williams was brought over was his success against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA in seven starts in Los Angeles.

He isn't the only pitcher who has had success in Dodger Stadium. Adam Eaton has been dominant tossing up Interstate-5. Easton is 4-0 in Los Angeles with a 1.11 ERA over 57 innings of work.

Each will get a chance to pitch against the Dodgers after the rainout and ensuing doubleheader set the rotation back a day.

The Padres had hoped to have Jake Peavy ready for the series finale, but his scheduled Tuesday start (April 12) was pushed back to Wednesday's first game, meaning he will start next Monday's (April 18) home game against the Giants at Petco Park with No. 5 starter Tim Redding going against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Woody Williams will face the Dodgers Friday, followed by Eaton and Redding.

After the three game set is over, the Padres will have 16 games against their NL West counterparts.

The Padres were 42-34 in their division last season but only 21-17 at home and only 9-10 against the division-winning Dodgers.

Back at home:

The controversial batter's eye at Petco Park no longer seems to be a problem. Last year, the batter's eye turned out to be too narrow -- particularly when tall left-handers throwing from angles were working -- and was a hazy background thanks to the wire mesh that covered the ugly green exterior. The Padres spent $600,000 during the offseason remodeling the batter's eye. It was widened and painted the prevailing Pacific Blue of Petco Park. In their first day game at Petco Park this season, the Padres Sunday (April 10) faced a left-hander (Dave Williams) who is 6-foot-3 and throws from a three-quarter angle.

But Padres hitters said they had no problem seeing the ball. "I didn't even think about the batter's eye which means it was fine," said Phil Nevin. "Not an issue," said Brian Giles.

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