Dodgers: Opening Day lineup, TV and streaming options
How do I watch the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day?
We finally made it, baseball fans! The Los Angeles Dodgers will open their regular season schedule against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday to mark the beginning of the 2020 season.
Clayton Kershaw was set to make the start, but he was a late scratch due to back stiffness. He has been placed on the injured list and Dustin May will start in his place.
To get you ready for the big night, let’s go over all of the pertinent details.
How can I watch the Dodgers game tonight?
As one of the favorites to win the World Series this year, the Dodgers are part of Major League Baseball’s marquee Opening Day lineup to be telecast on ESPN.
Dustin May will step on the mound to begin the season at 7:08 pm PT. You can watch on ESPN with commentators Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, and Tim Kurkjian. You can also catch the action using the Watch ESPN app.
For those without access to ESPN, you should be able to find the game on a live Reddit stream.
Many Dodger fans were excited to learn that SportsNet LA has been finally added to the AT&T lineup of services. However, we won’t get to hear from Joe and Orel until Friday night’s game.
What is the Dodgers’ lineup?
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced his tentative defensive alignment on the Off Air with Joe & Orel podcast released Thursday morning.
Austin Barnes will start and catch Dustin May. Roberts noted that Will Smith will catch three of the team’s first five games.
With Gavin Lux optioned to USC to get in some extra work, Kiké Hernandez gets the nod at second base. It’s expected that Hernandez will share time with Chris Taylor, and perhaps Max Muncy, at second until Lux comes back into the equation.
Joc Pederson will start in left field. A luxury for Roberts this season is the ability to start Joc, while also playing AJ Pollock as the designated hitter, where he will start on Opening Day.
The team posted the batting order on Thursday afternoon with a little twist. Mookie Betts, who has traditionally been a lead-off hitter throughout his career, will bat second. Max Muncy will jump to the top of the order. Roberts told reporters on a Zoom meeting that the team likes the idea of altering their left-handed and right-handed hitters by moving Betts to the two hole and Justin Turner to the clean-up position.
1. Max Muncy, 1B
2. Mookie Betts, CF
3. Cody Bellinger, RF
4. Justin Turner, 3B
5. Corey Seager, SS
6. Kiké Hernandez, 2B
7. Joc Pederson, LF
8. AJ Pollock, DH
9. Austin Barnes, C
Dustin May will face off against Johnny Cueto.
Check back for more information as we get closer to gametime!