Kershaw’s 2021 Debut Did Not Start As Planned

Opening Day is finally here!  As the Dodgers got ready to start their 2021 journey, boy did Opening Day have a series of events that left us wondering what happened. With a series of errors to bad plays to Belli’s weird home run, this series opener started off pretty weird. Let’s just say Kershaw’s 2021 debut did not start as planned.

Game 1 – 4/1/21 – Kershaw’s 2021 Debut Opening Day vs. Colorado

Only pitching for a total of 5 ⅔ of innings, Kershaw allowed a total of 10 hits and 6 runs, with only 1 BB. The damage began to happen in the bottom of the 3rd inning, as the Dodgers were 1-0, they ended up leaving that inning down by one, with a 2-1 mark. Most of the damage, though, was done between the 5th and 6th inning as in each inning, the Rookies scored 2 runs. In the top of the 6th inning, the Dodgers managed to tie the score 4-4, but two more runs would come across to score in the bottom of the 6th inning. By the time Kershaw was pulled out, the Dodgers were down 6-4 as Corey Knebel came to relieve him. 

As we recap Kershaw’s last 2 Spring Training games, we could see that it did not go too well. Even before the start of this season, there was something off. That is not putting the blame on Kershaw for the Opening Day game loss but an overall team series of errors that cost the Dodgers their first game of the season. 

Keeping in mind that this is just the beginning of the season. As we continue through it, things will change, and soon we’ll see the Kershaw we all wish for. One who is, of course, healthy and well to play so that he can back even stronger this season to reclaim his World Champion title. 

Weekly Stats

ERA: 7.94

IP: 5 ⅔ 

SO: 2 

BB: 1

HBP: 0 

Hits: 10

R: 6

ER: 5 

HR: 0

 

For more Kershaw stats, click here.

For more on Kershaw’s spring training performance, click here.

PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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