Opening Day, Game One, 2023

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports Arizona, SPNLA

27-year-old RHP Zac Gallen (2022: 12-4, 2.54 ERA) makes the Opening Day start for the D-Backs. 26-year-old LHP Julio Urías (2022: 17-7, 2.16 ERA) starts for the Dodgers.

There have been thousands of words written and barrels of ink used discussing the Dodgers’ actions and inactions over the off-season; we’re about to see what all that means when the results count.

Five Thirty Eight says: The Dodgers Lead Our 2023 MLB Forecast — But They’re The Weakest Favorite In Years

Talk about damning with faint praise!

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale’s refusal to report to spring training ends when the hurlers agree to the Dodgers’ offer of $235,000, signing for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. The LA starters’ joint holdout lasts for 32 days, paving the way for other players to be more aggressive when negotiating with owners.
  • 2012 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest starting pitcher to make an Opening Day roster when the Rockies announce that the 49 year-old southpaw will face Houston in the second game of the season. Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was the same age as the Colorado left-hander when he opened the season with L.A. in 1972, but ‘Old Sarge’ appeared strictly in relief for the Dodgers.

Lineups when available.

104 thoughts on “Opening Day, Game One, 2023

  1. Game day just said Urias threw a slurve for the first out, is that a slow curve?

  2. Even Dodger Twitter missed this: Pepiot on the IL, Michael Grove called up. Pepiot has a left oblique strain.

    [Tuesday in Anaheim] the 25-year-old was struggling to finish his pitches and spent an extended period in the training room afterward.

    Pepiot said the team decided on Wednesday that he would open on the IL. And while he’s hopeful he won’t miss much time, neither he nor manager Dave Roberts knew when Pepiot would be back on a mound — leaving his prospects of returning immediately to the Dodgers rotation in doubt with Gonsolin expected back at the end of April.

  3. Dodgers win!

    As my dad likes to say, “you can’t serve drinks at the stadium if you lose the opener!”

  4. The game’s in the refrigerator, the door’s closed, the light’s out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard and the Jell-O’s jiggling.
    Chick Hearn

  5. 79 for Julio. I assume leash is microscopic this early in the season for the 7th.

  6. All RBIs have been driven in with smart swings. It seemed like last year when Dodgers missed out in RBI situations they took big swings.

  7. See they had Gagne back for the first pitch ceremony. Is that his first appearance since all the roid info came out? Additionally, was nice to see Scioscia back in blue.

  8. Earlier today the Gnats lost (always good), Trashtros lost in late innings (perhaps even better), and Pads just fell behind the Rox at the Litterbox.

  9. Urias feeling the pressure of free agency… Should have signed an extension with Dodgers. They have been good to him.

  10. On my way to opening night. Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail shall keep this fan from my appointed game!

  11. SP Zac Gallen R
    0-0 .00 ERA
    SP Julio Urias L
    0-0 .00 ERA

    RF Mookie Betts R
    1B F. Freeman L
    C Will Smith R
    3B Max Muncy L
    DH J. Martinez R
    LF D. Peralta L
    2B M. Vargas R
    CF James Outman L
    SS Miguel Rojas R

    0% Rain
    56° Wind 6 mph L-R