Kuroda will be followed in the rotation by Randy Wolf, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and “the mystery person,” said Torre, referring to the fifth starter to be named. That alignment will alternate between right-handers and left-handers over the first four games.
The spring-long mystery has been put to rest by Dodger manager, Joe Torre. I must say that I’m quite pleased.
I definitely think Kuroda deserves the Opening Day start, but I think Torre was smart to set up his rotation this way. Kuroda gets the honor of the first pitch of the new season, and Chad Billingsley will get the honor of the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
On a completely personal level, that makes me even happier because Billingsley will be starting on the Dodgers home opener and my birthday. Pretty awesome! And exactly what I wanted!
And I’m downright giddy that Clayton Kershaw has made the starting rotation. It’s been a loooong time since we’ve had young pitchers. Especially young left-headed pitchers. And triple especially young, left-handed starting pitchers. After getting to see him pitch up close, I’m even more excited!