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Dodgers pitchers in their first Dodger Stadium starts

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Clayton Kershaw MLB debut (Jeff Gross | Getty Images)
Clayton Kershaw made his MLB debut on May 25, 2008.
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Tony Gonsolin gets the start on the mound to open up the series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The young pitcher already made his major league debut — both as a starter and a reliever — but it will be his first time pitching at Chavez Ravine.

While we are on the subject of pitchers making their Dodger Stadium debut, we thought it would be a good idea to see how current Dodgers pitchers fared in their first time in front of the Los Angeles crowd.

Clayton Kershaw — May 25, 2008

The best among all Dodger Stadium debuts (that’s an exaggeration).

He was an eager 20 year old when he got the call for the first time. Fans were eager, too, because he was coming in as the No. 5 ranked prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America.

Kershaw pitched six innings against the Cardinals where he allowed two runs and dealt seven strikeouts. He earned a no decision in this start, but the Dodgers ultimately went on to win the contest.

The rest is history.

Hyun-Jin Ryu — April 2, 2013

Ryu’s MLB debut, like Kershaw, was at Dodger Stadium. He was a professional baseball player in Korea for nearly seven years before joining the Dodgers in the United States.

Dodger Stadium welcomed him to the mound during a rival game against the San Francisco Giants. He tossed a decent game, pitching six innings and allowing three runs (one earned) from 10 hits and no walks. Unfortunately, he faced off against Madison Bumgarner who was at his prime in 2013. The Dodgers offense was shutout, so Ryu took a loss.

Six years later, he holds the lowest ERA in all of baseball.

San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers
Hyun-Jin Ryu made his major league debut on April 2, 2013 at Chavez Ravine.
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Kenta Maeda — April 12, 2016

Maeda signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in January 2016 and made his debut at the beginning of the season. He gained attention with his first start in San Diego and kept the attention with his second outing at Dodger Stadium.

The Japan native faced the Diamondbacks in his first appearance at the Ravine. He pitched six scoreless innings against the division rival, only allowing them to get on base with five hits and a walk while striking out four batters. Maeda got a no-decision in this outing, since the Dodgers failed to provide him with run support.

Julio Urías — June 7, 2016

Urías struggled in his first two major league starts, but they were both on the road (and he was 19) so it’s understandable.

The left hander settled down once he got to his new home in Los Angeles. He pitched four innings against the Colorado Rockies. It was short and sweet, since he only allowed three hits, one walk and one run. He got a no-decision, but the Dodgers won 4-3 behind his start.

He’s made six starts for the Dodgers in 2019, but it looks like he will return as a full-time starter as soon as next season.

Walker Buehler — April 23, 2018

Buehler’s time as an LA Dodger began during the September call-ups in 2017. He started out doing some relief pitching out of the bullpen. He tossed two scoreless innings in his major league debut, but let’s get straight into his first Dodger Stadium start.

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Walker Buehler made his first major league start on April 23, 2018 at Dodger Stadium.
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It came in the next season when Rich Hill made his way onto the injured list. Sound familiar? He made a great impression, as he tossed five scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins. He held the Fish to four hits and three walks while he struck out five. He did not earn a win, but he did lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory.

Dustin May — August 2, 2019

It seems like it was just yesterday that Dustin May made his major league debut. Well, that might be because it was just three days ago.

When the Dodgers failed to make a huge trade deadline move, they compensated by giving the call up to May. His first start for the Dodgers ended in a loss at home, but it wasn’t all that bad. He went 5 23 innings and allowed the Padres to score four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He didn’t allow a walk, but did strike out three batters.

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Dustin May made his major league debut on August 2, 2019.
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