Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2014. He will start Opening Day of the 2015 season. (Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — There is literally no team in baseball with a more clear-cut choice for an Opening Day starter than the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw is more than just the best starting pitcher on staff, or even a team MVP. He is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.
So it came as no surprise Monday when manager Don Mattingly said that Kershaw will start Opening Day, April 6 against the San Diego Padres.
“That’s our plan,” Mattingly said.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Julio Urias gave the Dodgers so much to like in his first live BP session of the spring Sunday, it’s worth focusing on the present before dreaming about the 18-year-old’s future.
Urias is expected to begin the season at Double-A. At least, there have been no indications otherwise to this point from anyone within the organization.
So how does Urias compare to most Double-A pitchers?
Jimmy Rollins (second from right) chats with his new Dodgers teammates, including Yasiel Puig. (Courtesy of Jon SooHoo-Los Angeles Dodgers)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jimmy Rollins
knows he’s in a weird spot at the moment.
The Dodgers’ new shortstop wants to be a leader in the clubhouse. He’s 36. Only seven active players have played more games than Rollins’ 2,090, so he’s seen just about everything. Still, he’s only been here about a week. That’s how much time most of Rollins’ teammates have had to get to know him personally — everyone, really, save new reliever Mike Adams.