Veteran left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw will return for the ninth consecutive season the starter that the Los Angeles Dodgers have chosen for the Opening Day game.
Kershaw, who signed a three-year, $ 93 million contract extension, was chosen by Dodgers driver Dave Roberts and will work in the first game of the season to be played on March 28 when they host his field to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The winner of three National League Cy Young awards will be able to extend his own franchise record by being the Opening Day starter for the ninth time in a row.
The longest streak of all time in the Major Leagues is from Hall of Famer Jack Morris, who opened 14 straight times for Detroit Tigers (1980-90), Minnesota Twins (1991) and Toronto Blue Jays. (1992-93).
Robin Roberts has the mark of more Opening Day openings for the same team, doing 12 in a row with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1950 to 1961.
Kershaw, who turns 31 next month, is preparing for his twelfth season in the majors after three successive years cut by injuries.
In 2018, he left a 9-5 record with 2.73 ERA in 191.1 innings of work, including the postseason. In 13 starts during the second half of the season, he was 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA, 77 strikeouts and only gave 12 bases on balls.
Since arriving in the Major Leagues, Kershaw has established a winning record of 152-69 with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games, including 316 as a starter. (Arizona, USA), (EFE).