Hyun-Jin Ryu: The case for Ryu is that outside of Kershaw, he is the longest tenured Dodger in the rotation. He is back with the team after accepting the qualifying offer so this might be his last year in Los Angeles. Giving Ryu the opening day nod would be a nice gesture for yet another good starting pitcher the Dodgers have brought to play in the big leagues. Ryu is no stranger to openers as he started game one of the 2018 NLDS.
Rich Hill: Outside of Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher known as D. Mountain may be the most popular starting pitcher on the team. Hill has been a very consistent and quality starting pitcher for the Dodgers and the only thing that has slowed him down is blisters. The crafty veteran is now thirty-nine years old so this could also be his last season in Los Angeles. Giving him an opening day start would certainly fire him up.