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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw is Absolutely the Guy to Start Off the World Series Title Defense

Justin Turner talks about how Kersh was the guy everyone wants out there on day 1.



Getting the Opening Day start will always hold a special honor. It might not represent what it used to, but getting the nod for the first start of the season is huge. For the Dodgers, having Clayton Kershaw out there to start their title defense.

It will be the 9th Opening Day start of Kershaw’s career and his first since 2018. Injuries have kept him from making his scheduled start for the last 2 seasons. While him getting the nod in Colorado wasn’t unexpected, there were questions as to what direction the team would go. 

The Dodgers added in Trevor Bauer on a massive free-agent deal this offseason. They also have Walker Buehler 100 percent ready to go for possibly the first time in his career. Regardless, Justin Turner thinks there is no guy that team would rather have out there to start their World Series title defense. 

100 percent, there is not another guy in this room that should have the ball on Opening Day. We’re excited for him.

His track record on Opening Day should be more than enough reason to give Kershaw the nod. Through his 8 starts, Kersh has compiled a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.05 and 59 strikeouts. His lone loss came against the Giants when he held them to just 1 run and the Dodgers weren’t swinging the bats well.

What better way to start off the year than with Clayton Kershaw on the mound? Opening Day is here, fans are in the stands, and the Dodgers are the defending World Series champions. Life is very very good. 

The Dodgers and Rockies kick-off at 1:10 Pacific Time at Coors Field in Colorado. German Marquez will be on the mound for the Rockies. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. How does everyone like that Will Smith is not starting and on the bench because Barnes catches CK and we have to see a pitcher bat instead of Will Smith in the middle of the order?. Ridiculous

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