Kershaw Smacks 1st HR And Nets Win In Dodgers Opener – Before LA Loses 2 In A Row

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Thursday Apr.04/2013

Dodger Stadium was at full capacity (53,138) on Monday's Opening Day.  It was 66 Degrees at Game Time.  With the MLB' biggest payroll right now, the Dodgers have heavy expectations in 2013.  They won 4 - 0 on Mondays game - before dropping back to back games to the Giants

Dodger Stadium was at full capacity (53,138) on Monday’s Opening Day. It was 66 Degrees at Game Time. With the MLB’ s biggest payroll right now, the Dodgers have heavy expectations in 2013. They won 4 – 0 on Mondays game – before dropping back to back games to the Giants Starting Pitchers Bumgarner and Lincecum.  Matt Kemp is still hitless on the year – and Adrian Gonzalez had not had a base knock since his 2nd AB of the Year.  On a solid note,  Carl Crawford has looked great with 5 Base Hits in 9 At – Bats.  The team has switched Luis Cruz to Shortstop and Juan Uribe to 3rd after a brutal Game #2 by Justin Sellers (which featured a couple of errors).

By Enrique Rivera (Dodgers Correspondent): 

Everything just went right for the Dodgers. Crawford got two hits (including a Double), Adrian Gonzalez got a hit, Ethier got a hit, Kemp scored a run, just what the Dodgers expect out of their stars.

The Dodgers made Matt Cain throw 35 pitches in the 1st inning – including Kemp drawing a 11 Pitcher AB, with several Foul – Balls before finally Striking Out. 

This still jacked up Cain’s pitch count, causing the Giants to lift him before the Bottom of the 7th. After the 8th Inning HR, the club even scratched out two runs on Infield grounders!

Without signing a contract extension during the winter, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner (and 2012 runner-up) Clayton Kershaw did more than expected for the Dodgers as they defeated the reigning World Champs – and Dodger arch-rival San Francisco Giants 4 – 0.

Not only did he picked up the win, he earned himself his first Shutout of the season. He allowed only four hits and Struckout seven hitters.

Clayton Kershaw is interviewed on Opening Day HR:

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Clayton Kershaw must be wondering when his payday is coming - Clayton Kershaw is 60 - 35 with a 2.77 ERA in his career so far. After the Justin Verlander, Matt Cain and Buster Posey's Contracts have been signed within the division in the last year.  The Dodgers #1 pitcher even saw as the organization dole out $147 MIL over 6 years for Zack Greinke last winter.  If he keeps having performances like this past Monday - his value will soar.  Kershaw faced just 30 Batters in registering his 6th Career Shutout

Clayton Kershaw must be wondering when his payday is coming – since heis 60 – 35, with a 2.77 ERA in his career so far. Especially after the Justin Verlander, Matt Cain and Buster Posey’s Contracts have been signed recently-with the latter 2 being within the division in the last year. The Dodgers #1 pitcher even saw as the organization doled out $147 MIL over 6 years for Zack Greinke last winter. If he keeps having performances like this past Monday – his value will only soar. Kershaw faced just 30 Batters in registering his 6th Career Shutout.  He walked 0, Struckout 7 and allowed just 4 Hits in his performance.

If that’s not enough, he also picked up his first HR of his career when he hit a HR against Right – Hander George Kontos in the 8th Inning to break the scoreless tie. Kershaw became the first pitcher to hit a HR, plus pitch a Shutout on Opening Day since Bob Lemon in 1953.

So what does this mean for Kershaw?

During the offseason, Kershaw and Dodgers were expected to sign a long-term contract before the season started. That obviously didn’t happen and according to Kershaw, we shouldn’t expect a deal during the season.

But with the recent long-term contracts finalized between the Giants and Buster Posey, Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander, will Kershaw be willing to just get it done already? Should he?

If Kershaw signs, he is expected to have the record deal. Verlander recently signed a 5 YR/ $140 Million Extension deal with the Tigers. Not only that, Kershaw should be the first $200 Million pitcher.

His performance on this year’s Opening Day proved that the Dodgers do in fact need to sign him as soon as possible.

Even though he will most likely not hit another HR in a while, he is everything the Dodgers need in order to win a championship.  You need to look no further than Zack Greinke to see where the dollars may lay.

No one would argue that Kershaw is a better pitcher than Greinke currently, and this should be reflected in his pay.

He proved that he is ready to be a true ace by shutting out the same Giants lineup that won a World Series a year ago.

Kershaw is not usually a guy who gets hurt often, which will make his marriage with the Dodgers great for both sides.

The Kershaw – Ryu Left – Hander combo can devastate the N.L. West for years, which is what Dodger ownership and fans have proven to want.

The Attendance for the 3 game series was well over 150,000 fans.  The best game was definitely the Opener.

Kershaw’s opposition Matt Cain didn’t fare so bad on April 1st either, he pitched 6 Innings and allowed four hits, no runs and struck out eight.  These two provided the fans with a brilliant pitcher performances.  It was only too bad that Cain was pulled out of the game before he could finish it out.  The teams still have 16 games left this year.

If the Dodgers want to keep the fans coming through the turnstiles, they will need to fare better than the 1st series eventually turned out.  The vaunted offense is just hitting .176 as a club after losing 5 - 3 last night - and being Shutout by Madison Bumgarner's 2 hit outing on Tuesday.  Suddenly, the Opening Day win is not as bright

If the Dodgers want to keep the fans coming through the turnstiles, they will need to fare better than the 1st series eventually turned out. The vaunted offense is just hitting .176 as a club after losing 5 – 3 last night – and being Shutout by Madison Bumgarner’s 2 hit outing on Tuesday.   Hyun-Jin Ryu gutted out only 1 ER over 6.1 IP on Tuesday.  Wednesday’s story was failing to capitalize on Tin Lincecum Walking 7 hitters, before Pablo Sandoval leading the offensive charge over Josh Beckett with a big Home Run.  Suddenly, the Opening Day win is not is as bright.  The Dodgers host a 3 game set versus the Pittsburgh Pirates – before they head down the I – 5 next week to  play Division rival San Diego Padres.  This will be a good chance to make some hay vs weaker teams.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners***

Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has  been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time. ‘Eriq’ also has written a couple of baseball stories for here . I’ve also talked Dodger baseball on a college radio show called LA Sports Weekly.

My second favorite thing in the world is rock and roll and he owns his own website called xstaticradio.com as well as hosts/produces his own college radio show called X-Static Radio Live.   You can also follow Enrique on Twitter 

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