List of Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers

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Clayton Kershaw was the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher from 2011–2018.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Los Angeles. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[1] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.[2] The Dodgers have used 21 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 57 seasons in Los Angeles. The 21 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 26 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions.[3][4]

The Dodgers started playing in Los Angeles in 1958, after moving from Brooklyn.[5] The first Opening Day game for the Dodgers in Los Angeles was played in San Francisco against the San Francisco Giants on April 15, 1958.[3] California native Don Drysdale was the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher that day, in a game the Dodgers lost 8–0.[3][6] Dodgers starting pitchers won both of their Opening Day starts in their first home ballpark in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Their Opening Day record in their current home park, Dodger Stadium, which opened in 1962, is eleven wins, eleven losses and six no decisions. That gives the Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitchers a total home record of thirteen wins, eleven  losses and six no decisions. Their record in Opening Day road games is 10 wins, 14 losses and 2 no decisions.[3][4]

Kershaw's eight Opening Day starts for the Dodgers from 2011 to 2018 are the most ever by a Dodgers starter, one more than Don Drysdale and Don Sutton.[3] Fernando Valenzuela, Ramón Martínez and Orel Hershiser have had at least four Opening Day starts, with six, five and four respectively.[3] Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who won three Cy Young Awards during the 1960s, only made one Opening Day start for the Dodgers, in 1964.[3][7] Drysdale and Kershaw are also tied for the Los Angeles Dodgers record for most wins as an Opening Day starter, with five wins. Drysdale also had two loses while Kershaw has one loss.[3]

Koufax (1964), Chan Ho Park (2001), Brad Penny (2008) and Hiroki Kuroda (2009) are the only Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day starting pitchers to have won all their Opening Day decisions, Martinez and Derek Lowe share the Los Angeles Dodgers record for most Opening Day losses, with three.[3] The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series championship in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988. Drysdale (1959, 1963 and 1965), and Fernando Valenzuela (1981 and 1988) were the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitchers those years.[3] The Dodgers' starting pitcher won the Opening Day game in 1963, 1965 and 1981, but lost in 1959 and 1988.[8][9][10][11][12]

Key

Dodger Stadium has been the Los Angeles Dodgers' home field since 1962. Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitchers have a record there of nine wins, ten losses and five no decisions.
Season Each year is linked to an article about that particular Dodgers season.
W Win
L Loss
ND (W) No decision by starting pitcher; Dodgers won game
ND (L) No decision by starting pitcher; Dodgers lost game
Location Stadium in italics for home game
Final score Game score with Dodgers runs listed first
Pitcher (#) Number of appearances as Opening Day starter with the Dodgers
* Advanced to the post-season
** NL Champions
World Series Champions

Pitchers

Hiroki Kuroda was the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2009.
Brad Penny was the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2008.
Orel Hershiser made four Opening Day starts for the Dodgers in the 1980s and 1990s.
Chan Ho Park was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter in 2001.
Hideo Nomo made two Opening Day starts for the Dodgers in 2003 and 2004.
Season Pitcher Decision Final
score
Opponent Location Ref(s)
1958 Don Drysdale L 0–8 San Francisco Giants Seals Stadium [13]
1959 Don Drysdale (2) L 1–6 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [8]
1960 Don Drysdale (3) W 3–2 Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum [14]
1961 Don Drysdale (4) W 6–2 Philadelphia Phillies Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum [15]
1962 Johnny Podres L 3–6 Cincinnati Reds Dodger Stadium [9]
1963 Don Drysdale (5) W 5–1 Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field [16]
1964 Sandy Koufax W 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals Dodger Stadium [17]
1965 Don Drysdale (6) W 6–1 New York Mets Shea Stadium [10]
1966** Claude Osteen W 3–2 Houston Astros Dodger Stadium [18]
1967 Bob Miller L 1–6 Cincinnati Reds Crosley Field [19]
1968 Claude Osteen (2) L 0–2 Philadelphia Phillies Dodger Stadium [20]
1969 Don Drysdale (7) W 3–2 Cincinnati Reds Dodger Stadium [21]
1970 Claude Osteen (3) L 0–4 Cincinnati Reds Dodger Stadium [22]
1971 Bill Singer L 2–5 Houston Astros Astrodome [23]
1972 Don Sutton W 3–1 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [24]
1973 Don Sutton (2) L 2–4 San Diego Padres San Diego Stadium [25]
1974** Don Sutton (3) W 1–2 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [26]
1975 Don Sutton (4) ND (L) 1–2 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [27]
1976 Don Sutton (5) L 2–4 San Francisco Giants Candlestick Park [28]
1977** Don Sutton (6) W 5–1 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [29]
1978** Don Sutton (7) W 13–4 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [30]
1979 Burt Hooton ND (L) 3–4 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [31]
1980 Burt Hooton (2) L 2–3 Houston Astros Astrodome [32]
1981 Fernando Valenzuela W 2–0 Houston Astros Dodger Stadium [11]
1982 Jerry Reuss ND (W) 4–3 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [33]
1983* Fernando Valenzuela (2) ND (W) 16–7 Houston Astros Astrodome [34]
1984 Fernando Valenzuela (3) L 7–11 St. Louis Cardinals Dodger Stadium [35]
1985* Fernando Valenzuela (4) L 1–2 Houston Astros Astrodome [36]
1986 Fernando Valenzuela (5) W 2–1 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [37]
1987 Orel Hershiser L 3–4 Houston Astros Astrodome [38]
1988 Fernando Valenzuela (6) L 1–5 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [12]
1989 Tim Belcher L 4–6 Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium [39]
1990 Orel Hershiser (2) ND (W) 4–2 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [40]
1991 Tim Belcher (2) W 6–4 Atlanta Braves Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium [41]
1992 Ramón Martínez L 1–8 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [42]
1993 Orel Hershiser (3) L 3–6 Florida Marlins Joe Robbie Stadium [43]
1994 Orel Hershiser (4) ND (W) 4–3 Florida Marlins Dodger Stadium [44]
1995* Ramón Martínez (2) W 8–7 Florida Marlins Joe Robbie Stadium [45]
1996* Ramón Martínez (3) W 4–3 Houston Astros Astrodome [46]
1997 Ramón Martínez (4) L 0–3 Philadelphia Phillies Dodger Stadium [47]
1998 Ramón Martínez (5) L 0–6 St. Louis Cardinals Busch Memorial Stadium [48]
1999 Kevin Brown ND (W) 8–6 Arizona Diamondbacks Dodger Stadium [49]
2000 Kevin Brown (2) W 10–4 Montreal Expos Olympic Stadium [50]
2001 Chan Ho Park W 1–0 Milwaukee Brewers Dodger Stadium [51]
2002 Kevin Brown (3) L 2–9 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [52][53]
2003 Hideo Nomo W 8–0 Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark [54][55]
2004* Hideo Nomo (2) L 2–8 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [56][57]
2005 Derek Lowe L 2–4 San Francisco Giants SBC Park [58][59]
2006* Derek Lowe (2) L 10–11 Atlanta Braves Dodger Stadium [60][61]
2007 Derek Lowe (3) L 1–7 Milwaukee Brewers Miller Park [62][63]
2008* Brad Penny W 5–0 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [64][65]
2009* Hiroki Kuroda W 4–1 San Diego Padres Petco Park [4]
2010 Vicente Padilla L 5–11 Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Park [66]
2011 Clayton Kershaw W 2–1 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [67]
2012 Clayton Kershaw (2) ND (W) 5–3 San Diego Padres Petco Park [68]
2013* Clayton Kershaw (3) W 4–0 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [69]
2014* Clayton Kershaw (4) W 3–1 Arizona Diamondbacks Sydney Cricket Ground [70]
2015* Clayton Kershaw (5) ND (W) 6–3 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [71]
2016* Clayton Kershaw (6) W 15–0 San Diego Padres Petco Park [72]
2017** Clayton Kershaw (7) W 14–3 San Diego Padres Dodger Stadium [73]
2018 Clayton Kershaw (8) L 0 –1 San Francisco Giants Dodger Stadium [74]

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