The Dodgers are ready to kick off their season in Colorado. They traveled out to Denver last night and will take on the Rockies in a three-game set to open up their regular season. As expected, Walker Buehler will get the ball for the first Opening Day nod of his career, a sort of passing of the torch from Clayton Kershaw.
The anticipation towards this day has been building for some time. With the MLB lockout ruining the moods of a lot of baseball fans, there is nothing quite like Opening Day for your team. And Dodgers fans have a lot to be excited about this season.
Dave Roberts officially released his first Dodgers lineup of the season. For the most part, it’s exactly what you would expect out of this roster. But there are a few little pieces that were surprising at this point in the season.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) April 8, 2022
The top of the order is pretty much what every Dodgers fan imaged for the year. Mookie Betts leading off, Freddie Freeman batting behind him, and Trea Turner following those guys up. But the fact that Justin Turner is DH’ing and Max Muncy is playing third base on Opening Day is a little bit of a surprise.
Further down in the order, it’s also a bit of a surprise to see Gavin Lux getting the nod at second base, especially with a southpaw on the mound. The expectation was that Hanser Alberto would be getting the start there given how well he hits left-handed pitching.
But regardless, the lineup is set! Opening Day is here, and we could not be more excited for what’s in store for the Dodgers this season.