A very, very different Los Angeles Dodgers squad will be taking the field come Opening Day on March 30 when the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town for a four-game set to kick off the season. The absences of Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger will take some time getting used to.
But it could be worse, right? It's not like the Dodgers are kickstarting a rebuild. They're conducting a mini re-tool with the additions of JD Martinez, Noah Syndergaard and Miguel Rojas as well as the hopeful bounce backs for Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Dustin May
As for those being elevated, expect considerable contributions from newcomers like Miguel Vargas, James Outman, Ryan Pepiot, Michael Grove and potentially others depending on how spring training shakes out.
At this rate, we don't know what the Opening Day roster looks like, but we do know exactly when you can tune in to see the player introductions. Major League Baseball announced start times for every Opening Day game (all teams are playing!).
The Dodgers will host the D-backs at 7:10 PST at Dodger Stadium. which is the last game on the slate, alongside the Guardians-Mariners matchup in Seattle.
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Expect Clayton Kershaw on the mound (assuming he's healthy), Freddie Freeman at first base, Mookie Betts in right field and Will Smith at catcher. That's all we can guarantee at this point. Everything else seems up for grabs or subject to change.
As for the D-backs, Zac Gallen will more than likely be their Opening Day starter, with NL Rookie of the Year frontrunner Corbin Carroll patrolling center field. Newcomer Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will add extra power to this lineup and Gabriel Moreno, one of the top prospects in the sport alongside Carroll, could make a case to start at catcher if his spring goes well.
Dodgers fans shouldn't be overlooking a team like Arizona this year, as they could provide a tough Opening series test as LA looks to work through some of their own significant changes.