The Dodgers listing of Opening Day starters for the final 10 years is considerably restricted. For 8 of these years, it was Clayton Kershaw in consecutive order. He was speculated to be that man in 2019 and 2020 as effectively, however accidents prevented that.
Dustin Might was pressured into the Opening Day position final season when Kershaw was immediately positioned on the 10-day IL the day of their first sport. The Dodgers would’ve turned to Walker Buehler, however he was additionally not able to go.
In a media call on Tuesday afternoon, Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts was requested concerning the potential Opening Day starter. When requested if he had one deliberate out, Doc couldn’t assist however chuckle earlier than answering.
We don’t. I believe that I do count on that announcement to be sooner reasonably than later, and we’re nonetheless speaking by way of some issues. I do know that we’ve received plenty of viable candidates for Opening Day although.
Clayton Kershaw is the apparent reply, as Opening Day is a purely ceremonial position. It under no circumstances represents the order of pitching excellence throughout the Dodgers beginning rotation, one thing followers usually neglect.
However this yr, the Dodgers have no less than 3 guys that would get the nod if Kershaw isn’t 100%. Trevor Bauer and his $100+ million contract may very well be an intriguing possibility, as might Walker Buehler being handed the torch. Los Angeles might even pivot to veteran David Worth if wanted, although he appears the least seemingly.
No matter they determine, the Dodgers actually can’t go improper with the choice. However giving Clayton Kershaw his ninth Opening Day begin would enhance his lead for many in franchise historical past.
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