The Dodgers have always boasted Cy Young caliber starting pitchers from Sandy Koufax to Don Newcombe to Clayton Kershaw. Their rotation history has almost been matched the past few seasons with stellar performances from names like Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, and Alex Wood.
For a team like the Dodgers who had a top-tier rotation already, losing left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is not necessarily the end of the world for the club. However, it does force them to take a step back and rely on rookies like right-handers Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Josiah Gray. They all figure to play a role at one point or another.
In a recent column for ESPN, Bradford Doolittle takes a look and ranks the top rotations of Major League Baseball.
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The Dodgers checked in at number ten, with the Washington Nationals and both New York teams pacing the league as the top three ranked.
Here is the excerpt specifically pertaining to the Dodgers:
L.A. will be looking from some youthful ascendents among Gonsolin, May and Urias. Because it’s the Dodgers, you almost assume this will happen. Still, this is yet another team that you’d expect to add a veteran free agent. And the Dodgers’ certainty in this area would certainly have been bolstered by a reunion with Ryu.
The Dodgers will certainly embrace a different dynamic to their rotation in 2020, but that could be a good thing. What they may lack in overwhelming dominance, they make up for with quality depth. While Walker Buehler is the obvious staff ace now, Clayton Kershaw remains an effective (even if less than ideal) number two in the rotation. May and Urias possess electric stuff but may be hampered by innings restrictions, limiting their effectiveness in the coming year.
Of course, word is that Los Angeles is still pushing for a move to bolster the rotation. No, not another buy low and hope for the best arm, but a legitimate complement to Buehler at the front of the five. Indians flame-thrower Mike Clevinger has most often been linked to LA in the news. Still, even if the Dodgers open up the 2020 season with the rotation Andrew Friedman laid out earlier this off-season, it may be enough to hold over until the trade deadline in July.