After comfortably defeating the Oakland Athletics by a score of 10-3 Monday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers have now won four straight since losing on Opening Day.
For much of the offseason, fans heard about how much depth the Dodgers had and Monday was a prime example. No. 5 starter Dustin May, who can arguably be at least a No. 2 on any other team, mowed down Oakland through a career-high six innings.
May struck out eight batters, allowing two hits and two walks. Corey Seager, who was picked by many to finish as the National League MVP, continued his rapid start in his very first at-bat knocking in a bases-clearing, three-run double that gave the Dodgers a lead. From there on the Dodgers would not look back
Taylor left with an elbow contusion and is day to day after receiving negative X-rays, while Bellinger, who collided with Oakland reliever Reymin Guduan on his way to first base, is day to day as well.
The Dodgers will now look to win five straight and give Oakland their sixth consecutive loss to start the season.
Getting the ball today for his second start of the year will be Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw struggled in his Opening Day start against Colorado, but that can just be a product of the hitter park-friendly Coors Field. His final line on Opening Day was 5 ⅔ innings, 10 hits allowed, five earned runs, and two strikeouts.
It will be likely the Dodgers will be without Bellinger and Taylor, unless one of the two occupies the designated hitter spot.
Facing Kershaw will be Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt, who also pitched on Opening Day for the Athletics. Bassitt went 5 ⅓ innings, allowing three runs while striking out two against the Astros.
Tuesday’s contest is scheduled for a 6:40 p.m Pacific first pitch. The series will conclude with a day game on Wednesday with Trevor Bauer starting for the Dodgers and lefty Jesus Luzardo for the Athletics.
With the Dodgers home opener set for Friday and fans returning, there is a possibility that we can see a full capacity stadium by June 15th, as announced California Governor Gavin Newsom.