Los Angeles (AP) — with three days to go until 2020, the knife, Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw ACE was already enjoying the first win of the season.
As he spends Thursday night against the San Francisco giants in his ninth opening day of the order remains in the air. But just the opportunity to start preparing for the biggest rival of the Dodgers, Kershaw has a positive attitude.
“Indeed, the fact that we are even here, a few days before the season, I think that’s a win for baseball in itself,” Kershaw said Monday, noting the low percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in the field.
Of course, to expect big problems caused by a coronavirus. Teams are only now beginning to hit the road for exhibition games. Los Angeles was held on Monday the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger stadium for the second night in a row.
Just break even in the road games have always been a solid recipe for success in baseball. Only now, Kershaw believes that being away from home, where the entire season will be hanging in the balance.
“Honestly, it’s just scary,” three-time winner of CY young said. “Do you think that if I go somewhere (coronavirus) and give it to my team and this season is not ruined because of a stupid mistake I made, this is a bad feeling. Don’t be that guy.
“Soon this pressure will keep guys to do irresponsible. This does not mean that some guys will not work, but we will do everything we can to stay as safe as possible.”
The first stop on the road for the Dodgers will come to Houston on 28 and 29 July.
Of course, it will.
Investigation of Major League baseball last winter, found the Astros stole illegal characters in the 2017 season. Houston defeated the Dodgers in the World series this year.
Kershaw has already stated that shocked by the revelation in the offseason and spent the spring trying to move on from the topic.
Yet, in any case, his attention, when it comes to ways to beat opponents and win the fight against the coronavirus.
“We understand that it’s not going to be, Hey, you came to the city and find something to eat,” said Kershaw. “It’s not going to be that way. We know that. We, for the most part, other than going for coffee or something, will be confined to a hotel on the road and that’s fine. I think as long as you are outside, as long as you wear a mask that’s safe. We have not talked about specific protocols in the team.”
While not exactly saying the right-handed Ross and young Lefty Alex wood will follow Kershaw in the rotation to start the season against the giants, Manager Dave Roberts, at least he suggested.
“Hmm, I see young in there,” said Roberts. “I see Alex wood. How about this?”
Left-handers Madison Bumgarner and Robbie ray with the Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, having been back in Phoenix for the final preparations with the remainder of the 60-players who did not go.
Both pitchers will join the team later this week in San Diego pre-opener Friday season. Bumgarner has already been named the opening day starter, and ray has scheduled in the second game.
Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes was not scheduled to participate in Monday’s friendly match against the Diamondbacks after he was hit on the left arm on the field Sunday against Arizona. Roberts said Barnes hurts, but “feeling good”.
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