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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw Laments 2021 Debut vs. Rockies: 'It Wasn't Great'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2021

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw had a succinct reaction to his first start of the 2021 season.

"It wasn't great," he told reporters after the 8-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field.

SportsNet LA @SportsNetLA

"It wasn't great." Clayton Kershaw on his #OpeningDay outing with @kirsten_watson and how he felt overall on the mound and at the plate. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/tNkmsGeOvc

Kershaw lasted just 5.2 innings on Opening Day, allowing six runs (five earned) and 10 hits, with just two strikeouts.

It was more hits or runs than the three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed in any of his 10 starts last season. He had a 2.16 ERA in 2020—and had a 2.43 career ERA entering the day—but sports a 7.94 ERA through one game in 2021.

Manager Dave Roberts also discussed the poor outing:

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"Honestly we just didn't play a good baseball game today." Dave Roberts details what he saw from Kershaw, Bellinger's bizarre play in the 3rd, and more. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/9vGYKB9Oo8

Considering the Dodgers won the World Series last year, fans shouldn't be too concerned one day into a 162-game season. It still likely wasn't the way Kershaw or Los Angeles expected to begin the year.

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