Opening Day is finally here! Well, for the Dodgers at least. For the Padres, Opening Day is likely tomorrow, or whenever they decide to show up to Petco Park.
Clayton Kershaw made his sixth consecutive Opening Day start and boy what a start. Over seven innings, Kersh was masterful, allowing one hit and fanning nine batters. No really, look at this gem against Alexei Ramirez:
The only time the Padres showed a threat with the bat was in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings. Of course, this was after the Dodgers had scored fifteen runs and Kershaw was off the mound.
The spectacle, though, came from the batters’ box. Fifteen runs over seventeen hits will seal the fate of most teams, especially when more than half of those hits and runs come from the middle of the order.
With so much baseball left to play, there will undoubtedly be some less than stellar performances from this lineup. But with a showing like this, the Boys in Blue have given Dodgers fans much to look forward to.
Tomorrow, Scott Kazmir makes his Dodgers debut against James Shields. Game time is at 7:10 PM.