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Scott Kazmir begins non-Kershaw stretch for Dodgers

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers showed their best on Monday, with ace Clayton Kershaw combining with a resurgent offense to post the most lopsided opening day shutout in major league history. Now, they turn to the other guys in the rotation, testing - or showcasing, if you prefer, their depth, beginning with Scott Kazmir.

Last year, the Dodgers got 65 starts of ace-level pitching out of Kershaw and the now-departed Zack Greinke, and the other 97 starts produced a 4.41 ERA in 5.39 innings per start, and the Dodgers were 49-48 in those games.

Scott Kazmir averaged 5.77 innings per start in the American League in the last three seasons, including 5.90 per start in 2015. He had 16 quality starts in 31 outings last year, his average over the last three seasons.

The Dodgers got quality starts in just 38 of 97 starts from the other guys in 2015.


The Dodgers have beaten the Padres seven straight times, their longest streak since they beat San Diego 16 straight times in 1973-74, per STATS LLC.

Counting the NLDS, spring training and opening day, Justin Turner in his last 18 games against major league competition has 14 doubles in 60 plate appearances.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

Radio: 570 AM