Mike Leake who, like seemingly everyone else on the Reds, is on the trading block turned in an excellent performance this afternoon, allowing one runs on four hits over eight innings in the Reds’ 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It was the first in a twinbill between these two teams but it could quite have easily been Leake’s last start in Cincinnati as a member of the Reds. Leake will be a free agent after the season and the Reds are going nowhere, so he’s likely to be in high demand given his that he’s given up just two runs in his last 21 innings.
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.