Dodgers: Ranking the best Opening Day lineups in Los Angeles history
2) 2014: Justin Turner becomes a superstar
Justin Turner was a utility player for the Mets before joining the Dodgers in 2014 and turning into a .340 hitter seemingly overnight. With Turner replacing Mark Ellis at second base, this Dodgers lineup developed into a random combination of has-beens and up-and-comers who each decided to have breakout seasons at the same time.
|Yasiel Puig RF|
|Justin Turner 2B|
|Hanley Ramirez SS|
|Adrian Gonzalez 1B|
|Scott Van Slyke LF|
|Juan Uribe 3B|
|Andre Ethier CF|
|A.J. Ellis C|
|Clayton Kershaw P|
Adrian Gonzalez built off his 2013 season to become Silver Slugger again. Yasiel Puig played his most complete season as a Dodger, suiting up for 148 games, making his lone All-Star team, and batting .296/.382/.480. Even Juan Uribe, at 35-years-old, found the fountain of youth, batting .311 over 103 games.
Most special about this Opening Day lineup was Clayton Kershaw. By now, he was automatic as the first day starter, but in 2014, he had perhaps his best season ever, leading the National League in wins, ERA, and complete games, on his way to the Cy Young and MVP awards.