Clayton Kershaw will take the mound as the Opening Day starter on Monday, April 3 against the San Diego Padres. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the news on Saturday and no one was surprised.
Kershaw, 28, will make his seventh Opening Day start in his career and ties the franchise record with Don Sutton and Don Drysdale. Sutton pitched seven consecutive Opening Day starts from 1972 to 1978.
Clayton Kershaw has one competitor with more Opening Day starts (8) and that is Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.
Clayton Kershaw's 0.93 ERA in 6 Opening Day starts 2d-lowest for any pitcher who has made at least 5 OD starts since 1920 (Rick Mahler 0.92)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 18, 2017
Kershaw has a record 0f 4-0 with two no decisions on his Opening Day starts. The Dallas native has the second-lowest ERA (0.93) who has made at least five Opening Day starts since 1920.