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Clayton Kershaw Will Be The 2019 Dodgers Opening Day Starter

The Dodgers announced today that Clayton Kershaw will be their opening day starter for a record 9th straight time.

In baseball history, only two people stand of front of him with more consecutive opening day starts. Jack Morris started opening day for 14 straight seasons from 1980-1993, but between Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto. Robin Roberts made 12 straight opening day starts all for the Phillies between 1950-1961.

Dodger fans may have been wondering if Kershaw’s reign as opening day starter would be unseated this year by young phenom Walker Buehler. While Buehler would be an absolutely fantastic opening day starter, Clayton Kershaw has been opening day King since 2011. The numbers support the crown.

Opening Day King Kershaw

2011-2018:

  • 7 IP, 4H, 0ER, 9K
  • 3 IP, 2H, 0ER, 3K
  • 9 IP, 4H, 0ER, 7K
  • 6.2 IP, 5H, 0ER, 7K
  • 6 IP, 6H, 3ER, 9K
  • 7 IP, 1H, 0ER, 9K
  • 7 IP, 2H, 1ER, 8K
  • 6 IP, 8H, 1ER, 7K

That’s a total of 59 strikeouts, 5 earned runs, and a 5-1 record. It’s worth noting that the one loss  Kershaw has in those games was last year, when the Dodgers lost 1-0.


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Clayton spoke with reporters on getting the record setting nod.

To get to do that with the Dodgers, a team with such a long list of great starting pitchers — to kind of be associated with them is pretty special.

Clayton Kershaw will look to continue his opening day dominance against the new-look (without Goldschmidt) Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28, 1:10PM PST.

 

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  1. I resent the above comment and the comparison to Romo is invalid. Romo never got close to the championship game and Kershaw has been in the WS twice. At his peak – the Cy Young years – he could have gotten to the WS also if the other starters (except Greinke) and the sucking bullpen could get a key out when needed.

    • You’re full of excuses for Clayton Romo. Did you forget his meltdowns in his peak? It wasn’t just the bad bullpen in 2013-2014 although they share some blame. Also Kershaw has made it to 2 World Series but has played a big part in losing 3 games in those series. Don’t dismiss the fact that these guys are buddies, look similar, one constantly choked for Dallas where Kershaw is from. It’s all a little strange and too coincidental it’s hiarious how often these leagues throw it in your face yet no one ever notices