An Ugly Loss for the Dodgers

Opening Day, Thursday, April 1, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Under sunny skies at Coors Field, the world champion Los Angeles Dodgers played like they were a bad Little-League team. They lost to the Colorado Rockies 8-to-5.

Since this Dodger team is the first world championship since 1988, their fan base and the media in Los Angeles think the Dodgers will repeat as world champions. Not since 1999, a team has repeated as a world champion.

There is no doubt the Dodgers are a great team, but like most Major-League teams have question marks. After signing the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, baseball-knowledgeable people believe the Dodgers have the best starting rotation in baseball. Their bullpen is stacked with stars. They will score runs as they had shown on Thursday.

After a poor spring training, Clayton Kershaw, who made his ninth Opening Day during his Major-League career, did not pitch well. His control was not good. While Corey Seager’s rare error contributed to the six runs that Kershaw allowed, he did not perform as Dodger fans have grown accustomed to.

Jimmy Nelson did not perform well and uncorked wild pitches. On the aforementioned wild pitch, Austin Barnes got spiked and was forced to leave the game.

The Dodgers scored enough to win, but a baserunning miscue by the veteran Justin Turner cost Cody Bellinger a home run when he allowed Bellinger to pass him on the base paths. Both Seager and Bellinger had a good offensive day.

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