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Dodgers Bats Come Alive in Opening Day Win

What a way to start the season for Los Angeles.



The Dodgers knew that they had a really good lineup. Everyone in baseball knew that they had a good lineup. But as good as they are on paper, they also understood that the games still needed to be played. Every player in the locker room reiterated that following the news that they had signed Freddie Freeman to a free-agent deal. 

Those bats that they have came out swinging against the Rockies on Friday afternoon. They got the scoring going with a Gavin Lux single in the 4th inning to get on the board. Mookie Betts followed that up with an RBI double, and Trea Turner singled to bring in a run. A wild pitch made it a 5-run 4th inning for Los Angeles. 

On the pitching side of things, Walker Buehler got in a little trouble early. He gave up 2 runs in the second inning, but settled in to go scoreless for his final 3 frames. Buehler finished with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks for the Dodgers in his season debut. He was followed up by Brusdar Graterol, who pitched a perfect frame and showed off that cutter. 

The Dodgers followed that up with some very impressive bullpen pitching. Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson, and Craig Kimbrel all combined for 3 innings and 5 strikeouts. It was a good reminder that this bullpen can be VERY good, one of the best in baseball potentially. 

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Up next, the Dodgers and Rockies will square off on Saturday evening in Denver. Tony Gonsolin will get the ball for Los Angeles and he will face right-hander German Marquez, who has given Los Angeles fits over the years with his wipeout stuff. 

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  1. One inning…last run scored on a wild pitch. Relentless for nine innings…no. Strikeout prone? Yes. The hype is sickening…the pitching is encouraging. On to game two.

    • time to trade bellinger. the dodgers are really weak this year. they need to work on strengthening the squad and forget about the world series. jt muncy and taylor need more time to recoup along with buehler urias and the pen guys that they ran over last season chasing san francisco into the tenderloin for nothing. they need pitching reinforcements and the youth wont be online and pumping until late season.jt’s swing looks slow. hes not packing as much muscle this year. betts will be on cruise control the rest of his career. those mega contracts are to blame. he might be done now with that hip. but notice all the guys in the majors on those mega contracts. they all work out real hard going for the contracts. but once they get the contracts they tend mostly to go into total cruise control. they start taking care of their health. they lose weight. and they stop killing themselves working out. once they make the contract they feel they made it to the final destination and that lessens the motivation… to make the goal which is the contract. and there is no other goal. screw the title. thats nothing compared to the contract. cmon. be real.