Levon Satamian | March 28th, 2019
Opening Day has finally arrived. The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting their season at home against there divisional rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In the past three seasons, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have met 41 times. The Diamondbacks lead 22-19. However, this season, I think the Dodgers will turn the table against the Diamondbacks and win or tie in every series this season simply because the Diamondbacks lost Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, etc. Not to mention, the Dodgers added A.J. Pollock, they are getting Corey Seager back from injury, and this team is looking better than ever.
Today, a four-game series begins between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Opening Day will feature Hyun-jin Ryu vs. Zack Greinke. Ryu finished off last season with a 7-3 record and a whopping 1.97 ERA. Greinke finished off last season with a record of 17-7 and a 3.20 ERA. I think the Dodgers will be able to win this game because it’s in LA, Opening Day, the crowd will be ready to rock, and it’s the return of Corey Seager.
The second game of the series will feature Ross Stripling vs. Robbie Ray. Last season, Stripling was used as a relief pitcher and starting pitcher. When he started games, he usually pitched 3-4 innings; then Dave Roberts finished out the game with a combination of relief pitchers. Stripling had a record of 8-6 and a 3.02 ERA. Robbie Ray finished last season with a 6-2 record and an ERA of 3.93. I think the Dodgers will be able to win this game as well because Dodgers tend to do at home, especially if they win the first game of the series.
The third game will feature Kenta Maeda vs. Zack Godley. Kenta Maeda finished last season with an 8-10 record and an ERA of 3.81. Zack Godley finished last season with a record of 15-11 and an ERA of 4.74. This may be the one game Arizona can steal in LA. Maeda can be a streaky pitcher at times, but if he is locked in, it will be difficult to score runs on him.
In the fourth and final game of this series, Walker Buehler will be on the mound for LA, and Luke Weaver will be on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Last season, Walker Buehler finished the season with an 8-5 record and an ERA of 2.62. Luke Weaver finished with a record of 7-11 and an ERA of 4.95. I think the Dodgers will definitely win this game with Buehler on the mound in the finale of this series.
I think this is the season that the Dodgers will win the World Series, led by Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw. They have the batters and pitching depth to win games in the playoffs. Dodgers should be able to start the season off with a 3-1 record at least, if not a 4-0 record.
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