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.
Game 1. #ArizonaBorn pic.twitter.com/OeZTFCbTkw
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 30, 2023
Today’s #OpeningDayLA lineup vs. D-backs: pic.twitter.com/zfKXwsP3Ug
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 30, 2023