Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

Mar 19, 2024 2:59 am

Shohei Ohtani set for Dodgers debut vs. Padres in Seoul

Shohei Ohtani

Just as with his free agency during the offseason, Shohei Ohtani will make his regular-season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers hidden from plain view, taking place a half of a world away and in the early-morning hours for U.S. fans.

The most anticipated story of the 2024 season begins at Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday when Ohtani takes the field for the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres in the first of two regular-season games of what has been billed as the “MLB World Tour Seoul Series 2024.”

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 a.m. ET, or 3:05 a.m. in Southern California, where there has been considerable anticipation for the new season among the fan bases of both teams.

For the Dodgers, there is not only the addition of Ohtani, but his Japanese countryman right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto as well as right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Glasnow will take the mound Wednesday in his debut for his hometown team.

“It means everything,” Glasnow said. “Just to sign here, that all being a reality feels crazy. Then when they told me I was the Opening Day starter, I definitely felt a lot of pride and excitement.”

In 21 starts last season, Glasnow went 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA for the Rays. His experience against the Padres is limited with just five relief innings over his eight major league seasons, all in 2018. He gave up a total of one run in those outings.

Ohtani will serve as the Dodgers’ designated hitter. The two-way star isn’t expected to pitch this season following elbow surgery.

Dodgers projected shortstop Mookie Betts said of the attention the team is getting in South Korea, mostly because of Ohtani’s presence, “Seeing all this, it’s super cool, but it kind of is what it is. Just got to make sure we take care of our job.”

The Padres are getting plenty of love in South Korea as well. Their starting shortstop is Ha-Seong Kim, who was born in Seoul and hit two home runs in his former home ballpark during an exhibition game on Monday.

“Kim is a pro, he shows up, great teammate, very humble, plays hard,” new Padres manager Mike Shildt said. “He works extremely hard, prepares well and shows up and makes things happen.”

San Diego has another talent from Asia, Japan’s Yu Darvish, who is set to start in the Wednesday opener.

Darvish, who pitched for the Dodgers late in 2017, went 8-10 with a 4.56 ERA in 24 starts for the Padres last season. He was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts against his former team in 2023. In 12 career starts against the Dodgers, Darvish is 4-5 with a 2.38 ERA.

“Just playing in Korea alone, that’s a big deal to me, but on top of that, we’re facing a really good team that made some really good additions in the offseason,” Darvish said through an interpreter. “We’re looking forward to going against (the Dodgers), fighting against them.”

San Diego’s retooled roster will proceed without outfielder Juan Soto, who was traded to the New York Yankees in a deal that brought back a haul of talent.

Included in that return were right-handed starters Michael King and Jhony Brito. Also new to the Padres is right-hander Dylan Cease, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox last week as the Padres were boarding their flight to South Korea.

The San Diego lineup is headlined by the dynamic duo of Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado as San Diego looks to improve on a disappointing 82-80 season in 2023.

–Field Level Media

You may also like

Pirates, Brewers
Apr 23, 2024 7:15 am

Skid snapped, Pirates pursue another win over Brewers

After snapping a six-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates will look for another victory when they host the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday evening in the second game of a four-game…

Detroit Tigers
Apr 23, 2024 4:39 am

Rays look to get offense going vs. Tigers

The Detroit Tigers will chase their second consecutive series win on Tuesday, and scheduled starter Kenta Maeda will certainly have a tough act to follow. After routing the Tampa Bay…

St. Louis Cardinals
Apr 23, 2024 3:15 am

MLB roundup: Cards prevail on Nolan Gorman’s walk-off HR

Nolan Gorman hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night. Lars…

More Baseball News

Pirates, Brewers
Apr 23, 2024 7:15 am

Skid snapped, Pirates pursue another win over Brewers

After snapping a six-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates will look for another victory when they host the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday evening in the second game of a four-game…

Detroit Tigers
Apr 23, 2024 4:39 am

Rays look to get offense going vs. Tigers

St. Louis Cardinals
Apr 23, 2024 3:15 am

MLB roundup: Cards prevail on Nolan Gorman’s walk-off HR

cristopher sanchez
Apr 23, 2024 3:04 am

Phillies’ pitching staff aims to keep rolling vs. Reds

Orioles, Angels
Apr 23, 2024 12:54 am

Orioles hang on to beat Angels for 3rd straight win

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds
Array