The Dodgers announced today that Clayton Kershaw will be their opening day starter for a record 9th straight time.
Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw the Opening Day starter — a club record 9th straight time.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 19, 2019
In baseball history, only two people stand of front of him with more consecutive opening day starts. Jack Morris started opening day for 14 straight seasons from 1980-1993, but between Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto. Robin Roberts made 12 straight opening day starts all for the Phillies between 1950-1961.
Dodger fans may have been wondering if Kershaw’s reign as opening day starter would be unseated this year by young phenom Walker Buehler. While Buehler would be an absolutely fantastic opening day starter, Clayton Kershaw has been opening day King since 2011. The numbers support the crown.
Opening Day King Kershaw
- 7 IP, 4H, 0ER, 9K
- 3 IP, 2H, 0ER, 3K
- 9 IP, 4H, 0ER, 7K
- 6.2 IP, 5H, 0ER, 7K
- 6 IP, 6H, 3ER, 9K
- 7 IP, 1H, 0ER, 9K
- 7 IP, 2H, 1ER, 8K
- 6 IP, 8H, 1ER, 7K
That’s a total of 59 strikeouts, 5 earned runs, and a 5-1 record. It’s worth noting that the one loss Kershaw has in those games was last year, when the Dodgers lost 1-0.
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Clayton spoke with reporters on getting the record setting nod.
To get to do that with the Dodgers, a team with such a long list of great starting pitchers — to kind of be associated with them is pretty special.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) February 20, 2019
Clayton Kershaw will look to continue his opening day dominance against the new-look (without Goldschmidt) Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28, 1:10PM PST.