Last month when Chris Davis received a 25-game suspension from MLB for a positive Adderall test everyone did the quick math and realized he could be back for the World Series or possibly even a portion of the ALCS depending on how things went before then.
But now, because the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS and are in danger of being swept by the Royals in the ALCS, it’s possible that Davis’ suspension could linger into next season. If the Orioles lose Game 4 and are swept Davis would have one game remaining on his 25-game suspension and would serve it on Opening Day next year.
Obviously missing one game next season is no big deal, but the difference between rejoining the team for the World Series and having to sit out Opening Day seems symbolically massive.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.