After missing out on the NL West title last year to the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have high expectations once again heading into 2013 and apparently they already have decided to use Clayton Kershaw as their Opening Day starter.
Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering Kershaw is arguably the best pitcher in the Dodgers rotation. What’s even more exciting is that he couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the season than a matchup against the defending World Series Champions, the Giants.
Last season, Kershaw was phenomenal for the Dodgers once again as he finished with a 14-9 record to go along with 229 strikeouts. In fact, he has a combined 48-24 record over the last three seasons with Los Angeles, so it should be no surprise to see him earn the nod for Opening Day this season.
The Dodgers have proven over the years to be capable of being one of the top teams in baseball and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to do the same once again in 2013. Los Angeles knows how far they go this season may rely heavily on their rotation and if Kershaw can figure out a way to display impressive numbers once again, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to overcome the Giants in the division.
Only time will tell because baseball season is right around the corner and it should be interesting to see how well Kershaw performs against the defending champions on Opening Day.
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