The Dodgers have already named Clayton Kershaw as their starting pitcher against the Giants next Thursday. Today, we found out that the Giants will be putting in a familiar face to go toe-to-toe with Kershaw.
Johnny Cueto has had decent success against the Dodgers throughout the course of his career, though he certainly has not dominated. He has, however, only pitched in a total of 13 games over the last two years due to injuries. For Cueto, this will be the second time he was named the Opening Day pitcher this year. Gabe Kapler had previously announced him in March during the first rendition of Spring Training.
Kershaw vs. Cueto on Opening Day. https://t.co/4QQ5oxgAQ0
— Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) July 15, 2020
Cueto has dealt with his fair share of injuries over the years but done more devastating than his time with the Giants. He had Tommy John surgery in 2018, resulting in just four games throwing in 2019. Cueto appeared in three games during Spring Training and allowed nine earned run through 6.1 innings of work. He last faced the Dodgers in September of 2019 when he threw two innings and allowed five earned runs on three longballs.
The Dodgers will face off against the Giants ten times in 2020, with a four-game set to kick things off. Those first four games will all be played at Dodger Stadium. They will play each National League West team a total of ten games over the course of three matchups. The remaining twenty games will be played against American League West teams, including the Astros.
The Dodgers travel to Houston immediately after their four-game series with San Francisco.