The Dodgers win the World Series! The Dodgers win the World Series!
In an opening day that has been improbable, the impossible has happened!
Ok, ok, I am joking, but opening day is such an important day that it’s not that far from the truth. People make way too much of opening day results then they should. Remember it’s only one game, and while it’s always nice to win on opening day it doesn’t mean the season is over. There are a lot of games left, and an entire season ahead of us. It certainly was an interesting day all around though.
While the Dodgers were posting perhaps the greatest shutout opening day victory in MLB history, our old friend Zack Greinke was getting pounded by rookie shortstop Trevor Story and the Rockies. Greinke gave up seven earned runs on nine hits over 4 frames for Arizona, as the Rockies beat them up 10-5. Greinke gave up six runs in the third inning.
Of course there were thousands of cries over twitter about the Dodgers winning the offseason, with people gloating about the Dodgers not signing Greinke. As if one game determines the Dodgers not signing of Greinke being the right decision. That was not proven by one bad start. It’s just one game. Will Greinke post a 1.66 ERA again this year? No, he probably won’t. However he’s still one of the best pitchers in the game. It’s still awesome to see him get hit like that. He’ll be fine and hopefully the Dbacks continue to lose.
The Dodgers were certainly fine on opening day with their incredibly wonderful 15-0 win over San Diego. What more could we have asked for? Clayton Kershaw was masterful, and the Dodger’s offense was as explosive as an atomic bomb. The Dodgers scored 15 runs on 17 hits and here we are with a perfect record.
Dodgers @ San Diego
Game time 7:10 PM-TV-SNLA
Kershaw’s performance was especially impressive considering he keeps doing this year after year. This one reminded us of his complete game shutout against the Giants back in 2013. That was the game where he homered and pitched a shutout. Kershaw is perhaps the greatest opening day pitcher in MLB history. In case you were wondering his opening day ERA is 0.93.
The fun is over though, because there is another game on tonight and the Dodgers have to do it all over again. They don’t have to score 15 runs, but they do have to win. Here’s hoping they saved a few runs for tonight.
The Dodgers will send left hander Scott Kazmir who had a touch and go spring training to the mound against the Padres. Kazmir spent his entire career in the American League hasn’t faced the Padres much if at all.
Kazmir has faced the Padres twice in his career and allowed seven runs over 14 hits across 11 innings. He struck out 17 though and walked just 3 to give him a 4.91 ERA. He’s only pitched once at Petco Park which was a five inning no-decision.
The current Padres have hit him well though. We’re talking about a .325 (25 for 77) tune with three home runs and a .903 OPS against. Alexi Ramirez is 9 for 24 (.375) with a home run and seven runs batted in.
Padres vs. Kazmir
San Diego will counter with right hander James Shields. The Dodgers have seen him before. Big game James is 34-years old and entering his eleventh major league season. Shields has made 5 starts against the Dodgers and has a 1-0 record with a 3.66 ERA in 32 innings pitched. Shields is dangerous at home. At Petco Park he is 7-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 17 starts. Shields has a 10.0 K/9 rate pitching in San Diego.
The Dodgers have had problems with him in the past. The boys in blue are batting just .206 (21 for 102) with 3 home runs against the veteran. The only Dodger that seems to have success against Shields is Adrian Gonzalez. The big first baseman is hitting .294 (10 for 34) with two home runs against Shields.
Dodgers vs. Shields
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Yesterday was fun. Now the real work begins. Championships aren’t won on opening day, so let’s temper our expectations while at the same time making unrealistic and ridiculous prognostications. Oscar will have the recap later tonight, so check in over here after the game and join in on the fun. Let’s do this!