Not Clayton Kershaw (35). The starting pitcher for the 2023 Opening Day of the Los Angeles Dodgers is Julio Urias (27).
The Dodgers team predicted Urias as a starter for the season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which will be held on the 31st on the 25th (Korean time). Teammate Kershaw said, “I’m happy that Urias is doing this. He deserves it.”
Urias won 17 wins (7 losses), the most in the team last year. His ERA was 2.16 and his on-base allowed per inning (WHIP) was also low at 0.960. Following 20 wins in 2021, he stood tall as the league’s representative ace with good pitches for the second year in a row. In the National League (NL) Cy Young Award voting, he ranked third after Sandy Alcantara (Miami Marlins) and Max Fried (Atlanta Braves).
The starting pitcher for the Dodgers’메이저놀이터 opening game last year was Walker Buehler, and the 2021 season was Kershaw. In particular, Kershaw has represented the team for a long period of time, starting as many as nine times since 2011 as a starter. Kershaw’s record last year was 12-3 with an ERA of 2.28. He performed so well that he was selected as an All-Star, but suffered from a Zan injury and only made 22 starts. Above all, because Yurias’ performance was so good, he received relatively less attention. Since Buehler was undergoing elbow rehabilitation, the possibility of Urias’ sortie for the opening game was discussed early on.
Urias represented Mexico in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which recently ended. In the exhibition game, he started 3 games, 1 win and 1 loss with an earned run average of 3.86. Kershaw’s record is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.11.
Meanwhile, Urias’ starting matchup for the opening match is Zack Gallen. Gallen’s performance last year was 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA. He finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting.