Opening Day, Game One, 2022

Dodgers at Rockies, 1:10 PM PDT, TV: ATT SportsNet RM, SPNLA

After an off-season which induced doubt that this season would begin even close to its scheduled date, here we are. The Dodgers send RHP Walker Buehler to make the first Opening Day start of his career. He’ll face the Rockies’ LHP Kyle Freeland. This is the second year in a row the Dodgers have opened the season on the road in Colorado.

The Dodgers only made one major addition to their starting lineup — Freddie Freeman at first base. He had a slash line of .295/.384/.509 with the Braves last year. The Rockies added Kris Bryant and Randal Grichuk to their outfield. Bryant had a slash line of .265/.353/.481 between the Cubs and Giants in 2021, while Grichuk had a slash line of .241/.281/.423 with the Blue Jays.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1966 Thanks to the Monsanto chemical company’s experimental nylon playing surface, the Astros and Dodgers play baseball’s first game on synthetic grass. The original plan to play all-dirt field, necessitated by the need to paint the Astrodome’s glass panes to reduce the glare, which prevented natural grass from growing, is alleviated by the use of ‘AstroTurf.’
  • 1974 Braves outfielder Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader with his 715th, going deep in the fourth inning off Dodger hurler Al Downing in Atlanta’s home opener. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ equaled the Bambino’s mark on Opening Day in Cincinnati.
  • 1994 Kent Mercker, throwing his first major league complete game, no-hits the Dodgers, 6-0 at Chavez Ravine. The Braves left-hander was one of the three Atlanta pitchers, along with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena, to throw a combined no-no against the Padres in 1991.
  • 1994 Chan Ho Park becomes the first Korean to play in the major leagues when he makes his pitching debut at Chavez Ravine. In one inning of work, the 21-year-old Kongju City native gives up two runs on one hit, walking two and striking out two batters in the Dodgers’ 6-0 loss to Atlanta.
  • 2008 On the last Opening Day in the Queens ballpark, the Mets unveil a disc with William Shea’s name, honoring the namesake of their stadium. The New York attorney played an instrumental role in bringing the National League back to the Big Apple following the Giants and Dodgers’ departure after the 1957 season.
  • 2015 Adrian Gonzalez becomes the first major league player to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season when he goes deep three times in the Dodgers’ 7-4 victory over San Diego at Chavez Ravine. The Los Angeles first baseman joins Carl Furillo (1955) and Jimmy Wynn (1974) as the only players in franchise history to have homered in the first three games of a campaign.
  • 2019 Chris Davis breaks the record for the longest hitless streak in major league history at 0-for-47, surpassing Eugenio Velez’s dubious mark with the Giants and Dodgers in 2010-11. The Baltimore fans, who had begun regularly booing the Orioles outfielder with the $161 million fully guaranteed contract, were very supportive when he lined out to deep left field in the fifth inning in the game against the A’s to take his place in baseball infamy.

In case you missed it:

“I always thought, ‘Of course, Joe Buck’s going to be at Fox forever,’” Davis said. ‘“Joe Buck’s always going to be calling the World Series.’”

But Buck didn’t stay at Fox forever and he won’t call any more World Series. That job, officially as of Friday, belongs to Davis, the Dodgers’ TV play-by-play man. Davis was named to Fox’s lead play-by-play position upon Buck’s departure last month to ESPN. Hall of Famer John Smoltz will be his color analyst.



I wonder if this is the first time Bellinger has hit 8th in the lineup since he got to the major leagues.


115 thoughts on “Opening Day, Game One, 2022

  1. The Gnats blew a ninth-inning lead to the Fish, but then the Fish gave it right back.

  2. That’ll do. I’ll cut Kimbrel some slack because he didn’t pitch much in the spring.

  3. It’s 5 p.m on the Pampas, and I’m about to open a nicely chilled bottle of Torrontés. It’s also the MLBTV free game of the day, by the way.

  4. If Kimbrel could not make me tense the way Kenley did so often that would be good. Not happening yet. And I miss Kenley anyway.

  5. Earliest of days and I truly don’t want to jinx anything but our bullpen is looking sharp so far.

  6. I’m cautiously optimistic about this season. I don’t foresee 106 wins, am thinking the high 90s, but the Giants will be fortunate to surpass 90. The rotation could be a problem after Buehler, Urias and Kershaw, and Kershaw is one twinge away from going on the DL. I don’t think that both Gonsolin and Heaney will round out the rotation. I expect that Miller will come in during the summer. I’d like to see Friedman add someone. The A’s will likely make Montas available.

    • Miller was very impressive! I’m also hoping Dustin May will be back earlier than originally thought.

      • Correction: My 68th season. The first was as a 7-year-old in Brooklyn in 1955,

          • And you loathe Enos Slaughter with good cause. He did his best to make Jackie Robinson’s career miserable.

    • We really need Gonsolin to step up. I don’t have much hope that Heaney will be the answer. As much as people don’t like to hear it, we could get Bauer back. It would solve some of the problems with our starting rotation.

        • Yep. And we blew out our pitching staff trying to win the division when they didn’t falter. In retrospect, it would have been wiser to have conceded the division in mid September and rested our starter. However, almost everyone thought the Gnats would come back to earth. They will this year.

          • The Giants and Dodgers exhausted one another. I agree with your perspective, including that the Giants will come back to earth. Their former shortstop Rich Aurillia predicted about 90 wins.

          • I think they will be lucky to get to 90 wins. Last year was a total fluke.

  7. Greetings one and all. Hope everybody is doing well. I’ve been doing a ton of umpiring this year, from the little ones in Mustang (8-9) to high school varsity and even one college intrasquad game. Keeping this old guy in shape. This is my 67th year rooting for the Dodgers.

  8. I knew I’d read this. Hershiser staying home.

    Current game analyst Orel Hershiser remains the team’s primary color commentator on SNLA’s broadcast package but will now only work home games. According to Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer, that decision was made by Hershiser, who told the club he wanted to cut back on his schedule.

    • 911 PA in his career batting first. Mostly with Snakes, but do recall him doing it a number of times with the Dodgers.

  9. The pairing of Joe Davis and John Smoltz is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or Beauty and the Beast, or any other similar literary reference you wish to use.

    But – more importantly – Joe Davis doing WS games is a beautiful thing.

    Also: ITFDB!!!