Clayton Kershaw Named Dodgers Opening Day Starter

Clayton Kershaw in 2018. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9842702h)

Clayton Kershaw has spent the last decade as one of the top pitchers in baseball, and has proven his elite status in the game by making his appearance on Opening Day for the Dodgers for a grand total of eight seasons.

In 2020, Kershaw will make that number nine.

Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Kershaw has been named the Opening Day starter for the team, a distinction that he has held every year since 2011, with the exception of last season.

Kershaw’s eight-start Opening Day streak was snapped after a shoulder injury delayed his start to the season.

The future Hall of Fame left-hander will return to his customary position on the bump to kick off the season for Los Angeles on March 26th at Dodger Stadium against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Kershaw has a reputation for good performances in the first game of the season. In his career, the Texas native has accumulated a 5-1 record with a 1.05 ERA on Opening Day.

The eight-time All-Star and three-time NL Cy Young Award winner will look to continue his good work for the Dodgers. Kershaw went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 29 starts for the team last season, proving that he is still one of the top pitchers in the game.

He’ll be counted on once again in 2020 at the age of 32 to help propel the Dodgers to World Series contention.