The 2016 Dodgers season officially kicks off later today with a strange mid late afternoon start against the Padres at Petco Park. The Dodgers start the season on the road this year. They’ll play a three game series at San Diego Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before heading into the lion’s den to play a four game series against the Giants starting Thursday and going through the weekend.
We learned what the Dodger’s opening day roster was when the club announced it on Sunday afternoon. Not a whole lot of surprises. Although only having one left handed reliever in the bullpen is really going to hurt them in the late innings. Unfortunately J.P. Howell is the only reliable lefty reliever the club has right now. Luis Avilan and Adam Liberatore clearly suck, so the Dodgers will stash them in the minors to start the season.
Dodgers Lineup @ San Diego
Game time- 4PM- tv-SNLA-ESPN
Today’s game will see Clayton Kershaw battle right hander Tyson Ross. This has got to be at least the sixth consecutive time that Kershaw opens the season for the Dodgers on opening day. The record is seven set by Don Sutton, so Kershaw needs one more to tie. It’s always nice to win the first game, although it doesn’t mean the season is over if you don’t. So let’s not get too upset if they lose. If the Dodgers do win this afternoon they’ll have a perfect record. Honest to goodness guys they will.
It’s been so long since I actually wrote a pegame. I’ve missed it. Consider this the first pregame in Ladodgerreport history. You can expect one of these every day before every Dodger game. You can also expect Kershaw to pitch very well against the Padres. Which he always has throughout his career. Kershaw has a 12-6 record with a 2.57 ERA in 27 starts against the Show Pads. Now I’m starting to talk like Jerry Hairston Jr. At Petco Park Kershaw is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA in ten career starts.
The current group of Padres has done little against Kershaw. The new Padres are hitting .250 (20 for 80) with a .616 OPS against.
Padres vs. Kershaw
Ross has pitched well against the Dodgers, but has yet to actually get a win versus the boys in blue. The tall right hander is 0-6 with 2.67 ERA in ten games against the Dodgers. The current Dodgers haven’t done much against Ross either. The Dodgers are hitting .255(26 for 102) with two home runs against Ross.
Dodgers vs. Ross
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Will Chase Utley get the start at second base with a right hander on the mound? Who will start in left field? Who will Dave Roberts bat lead-off? Will A.J. Ellis catch Kershaw? There are a lot of questions that are going to be answered as the Dave Roberts era kicks off in a few hours. Check back over here after the game for our recap. Don’t forget to tune into our postgame zcast as well.
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