Opening Day 2013

Giants at Dodgers, 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Kershaw v. Cain. Prime Ticket and ESPN.

Giants v. Dodgers? Who could ask for anything more?

Cain was 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers last season, not facing Kershaw head to head. For his career, Cain is 4-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 23 games against L.A.

Kershaw, getting up for his team’s big rival, has been dominant against the Giants. He was 2-3 last year in five games, through no fault of his own. His ERA was 1.62 and he held Giants hitters to a .197 batting average. In 17 career outings against San Francisco, Kershaw is 8-4 with a remarkable 1.37 ERA in 118 innings. His 0.88 WHIP vs. the Giants is his best against any club he’s faced more than twice.

Lineup:

Crawford, C, LF
Ellis, M, 2B
Kemp, M, CF
Gonzalez, A, 1B
Ethier, A, RF
Cruz, L, 3B
Ellis, A, C
Sellers, J, SS
Kershaw, C, P

Gameday here for those without TV access.

  • dalegribel

    I remember back when Cain couldn’t beat the Dodgers to save himself. I hope those days return!

  • John_from_Aus

    Strap yourselves in, here goes another bumpy ride (I am nervously excited about this season) :)

  • AaSsWw

    Hopefully Hanley’s injury is not an indicator of this season blending into last season as far as injuries. If the Dodgers can stay relatively healthy, they take the West going away.

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Chickens, hatch. ;) If Zito performs as he did last season and if Lincecum returns to form the Giants will be tough, I think.

      • WBBsAs

        So far, Lincescum’s looking worse than last year.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    Now THAT was fun. Magic Johnson was relieved before he could throw out the first pitch as Mattingly brought in Sandy Koufax to do it.

    • DXMachina

      Stupid mlb.com didn’t pick up the feed until Koufax and the rest were walking off the field.

  • DXMachina

    Heck of a pitch to finish off Posey.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    That was a frustrating half-inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Forty-seven pitches in four innings, not bad.

  • dalegribel

    WOW!

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Yes indeed, and didn’t Clayton have a huge grin on his face rounding the bases?

      • dalegribel

        Didn’t all of us?!

        • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

          Ha! Yep, my mother and I sure did.

  • DXMachina

    That’s the way to start a season!

  • LOB2

    What a great game. I’m still excited!

  • John_from_Aus

    What would have been the odds of Kershaw (or any pitcher) being our first HR hitter of the year?
    Those who know better, have the Dodgers ever done that before?

    • DXMachina

      Vin mentioned during the game that Drysdale hit a home run in the ’65 opener, and retrosheet confirms it. It was off of Al Jackson and the Mets, but it wasn’t the first Dodger home run of the season. Willie Davis had hit one the inning before.

      What’s more surprising to me isn’t that Drysdale would hit a homer, it’s that he was the opening day starter over Koufax. The game log for the six days of the season is very strange. Drysdale started three of the first six games. It was an east coast swing, and it looks like there there were a bunch of rain outs.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Looks like there must have been a bunch of rainouts on the East Coast, as those six games were over a ten day span so he was just doing his regular rotation. Sandy, not.

      • John_from_Aus

        Thanks