The Los Angeles Dodgers may not have given fans the roster they were dreaming of this offseason when they decided to play it oddly safe (while ... still passing the luxury tax threshold, but we digress).
When they got to Spring Training, though, they did a much better job of fan wish fulfillment. You know why? Because the fans wanted to see the team's best young players, who gave LA a prime shot at surprising folks this year, head north.
James Outman wasn't a charity case. He was an obvious upgrade. In naming him to the Opening Day roster, as well as several more kids who'll infuse 2023 with a degree of excitement in the relative unknown, the Dodgers did the best they could while letting core players walk.
Dodgers Opening Day Roster 2023
With six outfielders and Mookie Betts/David Peralta essentially locked into left and right, things could get weird. Betts could get reps at second base (if they listen to his begging). Chris Taylor will almost certainly back up several infield positions and shift there with regularity. Trayce Thompson will be a full platoon bat. Jason Heyward will be a ... de facto coach? Outman should be starting on Opening Day. But will he?
Dodgers Opening Day Lineup 2023
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Opening Day 2023
When facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, it doesn't get much tougher than on Zac Gallen Day. Unfortunately, when you run into this team for the opener, it's a guarantee Gallen's going to snakebite you.
The season opens with Gallen vs. Julio Urías Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, live at 7:00 PM PST. Team USA's Merrill Kelly will face a resurgent Dustin May in the second game of the season, which will take place at the same time on Friday night. Saturday's Game 3 (6:10 PM) will feature old dogs Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner (coming off a surprisingly strong spring), while Sunday's 1:10 PST finale sends Noah Syndergaard to the mound for his Dodgers debut against Zach Davies.