The Dodgers are now just over 2 weeks away from kicking off their season against the Colorado Rockies. They’re slated to play 4 games against the Rockies followed by a short trip to Oakland for a 3-game series.
Dave Roberts said in recent weeks that they would be ready to name an Opening Day starter much sooner than in years past. There were some thoughts that it could be a passing of the baton with Walker Buehler. But there was also the possibility they could pivot to their big free agent signing in Trevor Bauer.
But it won’t be Bauer or Buehler that the Dodgers go with on Opening Day. Instead, they’ll go with Clayton Kershaw in his 9th Opening Day nod for the franchise, adding to his record.
Clayton Kershaw is your Opening Day pitcher.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 15, 2021
The move isn’t much of a surprise for Dodgers fans, but there were other factors in play. Kershaw said himself that he thought getting the nod for the home opener this year would be huge after a year off. Roberts talked about that being a factor in the conversation to pick who would start.
The Dodgers would supposedly hold their ring ceremony on the day of the home opener, and the starting pitcher that day would likely not be a part of it. That could be part of the decision going into it, though Roberts couldn’t say for certain.
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