The Dodgers have plenty of competition in their spring camp, including in the starting rotation. While Dave Roberts had named most of the rotation already, he confirmed what it will be today with media. Roberts also confirmed that Clayton Kershaw will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day.
Dave Roberts announced that Clayton Kershaw will start opening day.
The rest of the rotation, in order: Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urías, and Alex Wood.
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For Clayton Kershaw, this would have been his tenth Opening Day start in a row if not for an injury that kept him out for the first few weeks of last season. Hyun-jin Ryu got the start last year when Walker Buehler was also not ready to go.
This will be Kershaw’s ninth Opening Day start, the most in franchise history. The competition ultimately came down to him or Buehler, but Kershaw will be taking the ball on March 26th against the Giants in Los Angeles.
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Kershaw has faced the Giants three times on Opening Day in his career and has pitched incredibly well. In 22 combined innings, Kershaw has allowed just one earned run and struck out 23 Giants en route to a 2-1 record. The Giants shut out the Dodgers on Opening Day in 2018, despite Kershaw throwing six innings of one-run ball.
It’s worth noting that this is the first official time that Roberts has named Alex Wood to the starting rotation. His presence with the Dodgers’ likely puts Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May in a position where they will be starting the season at Triple-A unless one of them takes a bullpen spot.