Well, we’ve made it. Opening day has arrived. I know I am excited, how about you? The Dodgers are opening the 2017 regular season at home against the San Diego Padres. They’ll play four games before they go on the first road trip of the season to Colorado and Chicago. That’ll be a gross road trip for sure. Coors Field hell and then Chicago in April? No thanks man. Let’s just not think about that right now and focus on today. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound as the Padres will counter with Jhoulys Chacin at 1:10 PM. Opening day is always a fun day. It’s like a big party in case some of you have never been. Dodger Stadium does it up right with marching and chowder societies galore.
I’m not going to compare this year’s Dodgers to the 1988 club as Oscar has done; all I am going to do is sit back and watch this year and hopefully provide all of you a different perspective than your used too. All I will say is this, don’t worry about this game. Sure it’s nice to win on opening day, but even if the Dodgers don’t win remember that it’s just one game and there are 161 left to play. The season is long.
Dodgers Lineup vs. San Diego
San Diego Lineup @ Dodgers
Jhouly Chacin vs. Clayton Kershaw – Game Time – 1:10 PM – TV – SNLA
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 3, 2017
Don’t worry about the Giants because they are not that good. Don’t worry about Washington, or even the Cubs. The first step the Dodgers have to make is winning the NL West, and 90 wins should just about do it again. The Dodgers will get to that mark, trust me. I would prefer it be as easy as possible. But it never is.
There will be times when we are frustrated as hell. Players will get hurt, the Dodgers will lose and you will think that this team stinks. You will think that the club is going nowhere. I will too and Oscar will have to talk me off the ledge. Kike Hernandez is going to bat lead-off against every single left handed starting pitcher and it’s going to be horrible. He’ll bat well below .200 and you’ll want to scream in agony. Brandon McCarthy will be on the disabled list by May, and Andre Ethier should return in a few weeks and contribute.
Clayton Kershaw will have yet another Cy Young award season because he is awesome, and Corey Seager and Justin Turner will lead the offense. Kenley Jansen will be dominating and Sergio Romo will make you forget he was a Giant for nine years. Dave Roberts will be stoic, and Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal will each hit their 25 home runs. The next great Dodger stud prospect Cody Bellinger should arrive in town by September at the latest.
The Dodgers will win too and when the dust settles on October 1, they should be in the postseason and ready to play for a World Championship. However in order to overtake the Cubs they may need to acquire one more impact arm or bat. When I say impact, I don’t mean mediocre platoon player or injury riddled pitcher. I’m not talking about a Josh Reddick, or Mat Latos. I’m talking about on the level of Manny Machado, or Bryce Harper.
But you never know, maybe this is the year that they finally do it. If that Happens I will cry. This is the first season without Vin Scully, so it will be a strange one. We’ll certainly miss Vin’s beautiful dulcet voice and amazing stories. It won’t be the same. However while Vin is enjoying his retirement and spending time with his grandchildren we all should remember something. We may not have Vin this year, but we have each other. That’s all that counts.
Enjoy today’s game everybody. Ladodgerreport will always be here for you. I assure you we won’t retire for another 60 years at least. Go Blue!