Dodgers: Previewing the Dodgers’ Opening Series of the 2019 Season

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: A general view during the third inning of Game Five of the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: A general view during the third inning of Game Five of the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 24: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Soxin Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Game One: Zack Greinke (15-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA in 2018)

On opening day the Dodgers will face off against a familiar face as Zack Greinke will start against some of his former teammates to begin the 2019 season.  For the Dodgers, they are down to their third option for opening day after Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill were placed on the injured list to begin the season.

Ryu was arguably the Dodgers’ best starting pitcher last season with injuries being the only thing that held him down in 2018.  He missed much of the season after a bad groin tear against the Dbacks but in fifteen starts he was wonderful pitching to a sub-two earned run average.  The new look Arizona lineup has not homered against Ryu but Ketel Marte and Wilmer Flores have both hit .333 against Hyun-Jin in their career.

Zack Greinke is coming off another solid season and despite his velocity declining a bit he still has an outstanding curveball and changeup that keep batters off of his fastball.  Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner have all had great success against Greinke with two home runs each and batting averages over .370.  They will look to start the season off on a good note against a former teammate.

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