Per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has set his starting rotation order. Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Kershaw will be followed by Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urías, and Alex Wood.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, got the Opening Day nod last year as Kershaw dealt with a shoulder injury. Kershaw had started eight consecutive Opening Days from 2011-18.
Kershaw, 31, went 16-5 last year with a 3.03 ERA and a 189/41 K/BB ratio over 178 1/3 innings. He earned his eighth All-Star nomination and finished eighth in NL Cy Young Award balloting.
The future first ballot Hall of Famer is looking to help the Dodgers finally get over the hump as the club has reached the postseason in seven consecutive seasons and has zero championships to show for it. The Dodgers, however, now boast Mookie Betts in right field, which should help considerably.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.