Ever since the original Opening Day to the 2020 season was indefinitely delayed, I’ve had a fixation on looking at lineups of the Dodgers for their openers to numerous campaigns, as I thought it was a great tool to see how some of these squads developed over the course of a full season.
There is a sense of sadness over the world Thursday, and not just from the Coronavirus. That’s not to downplay the worldwide pandemic, because nothing at this point in time is more important or worthy of our thoughts and actions. (Stay home!)
With the existing viral pandemic not appearing to be improving, coupled with the fact that most players have left their respective spring camp locations completely, Opening Day 2020 isn’t even on the radar for pretty much anyone associated with the game of baseball.
By no means do two games define a season, but already we have seen the Dodgers perform on many different levels, especially when it comes to playing down to the abilities of their opponent. After Friday night’s marathon loss, fans were reminded of some of the aspects of play that saw Los Angeles need a divisional playoff game to capture their sixth-consecutive NL West crown. While it’s certainly too early to make any predictions, there are a handful of things that followers can watch which may be critical, at least in the early portion of the season.
Save your angst about the season for at least one more day, Dodger fans. This season is already off to a better start than last season.
The Dodgers slugged an MLB Opening Day record eight home runs en route to a convincing 12-5 victory at a sold-out Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday morning announced their Opening Day 25-man roster ahead of the 2019 regular season, which begins Thursday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Pacific time against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. The club also placed left-handed pitchers Tony Cingrani, Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 25. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made the announcement.
Whether the Dodgers are ready or not, the season starts this week. It’s doesn’t matter how many pitchers are on the injured list, or how many players had a bad spring training—three days from now there will be meaningful baseball played.
Aside from one final spot in the bullpen, the Dodgers have announced the bulk of their 25-man roster for Opening Day against the Diamondbacks next Thursday.
There’s only 10 days left until the Dodgers open up the 2019 season against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and although the roster has yet to be finalized, we have a pretty good idea of who is going to make the Opening Day roster.