Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped their first game of 2021 to the Colorado Rockies. Both statistically and subjectively, Thursday’s outing for Kershaw was the worst Opening Day start of his career. He struggled to miss bats and did not have command of his typical strikeout producing pitches.
Moreover, the Rockies executed a solid offensive game plan and consistently created contact.
Kershaw threw just one fastball over 91 MPH. His fastball velocity is important, but fans should wait for a few more starts before panicking about it.
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Cody Bellinger Challenge for 2021
Cody Bellinger’s importance to the Dodgers offense in a 162 game season cannot be overstated. The Dodgers won the NL West last year despite Bellinger’s struggles at the plate. They might not have that luxury this year.
In the full, regular season of 2021, the Dodgers will need Bellinger to provide contact and power in the middle of the lineup. Especially with stiffer competition in the division with the retooled San Diego Padres. Opposing pitching staffs will continue to attack the inner third of…