Once again, the Dodgers will be resorting to a bullpen game. The Dodgers find themselves one starter short with Trevor Bauer on administrative leave while MLB continues its investigation into sexual assault allegations.
On Monday, manager Dave Roberts revealed that Julio Urias’s next start is being pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. Clayton Kershaw’s start is moving from Thursday to Friday. Meaning, Wednesday’s game in Miami will be a bullpen game.
#Dodgers will move bullpen day from Friday at home to Wednesday in Miami now. Julio Urias (Thurs in Miami) and Clayton Kershaw (Fri at home) each move back a day. Sets up Walker Buehler/Tony Gonsolin for Sat-Sun before All-Star break.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 5, 2021
Through Monday, the Dodgers bullpen has the sixth-best ERA (3.41) and the third-lowest home runs allowed per nine innings (0.77). The other big key to the bullpen’s success? Not being overworked. Dodgers relievers have logged just 279.2 IP, 24th in the majors.
Before the 2021 season began, the Dodgers had the deepest starting staff in baseball.
Kershaw, Buehler, and Bauer figured to anchor the rotation. Lefty Julio Urias had finally earned his spot as an everyday starter after a prolific playoff performance.
That left the flamethrower Dustin May, the promising Tony Gonsolin, and the veteran David Price fighting for the fifth rotation spot. Seemingly, Los Angeles had an embarrassment of riches when it came to their starting staff.
Fast forward to now. May is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Bauer’s absence is indefinite. Both of those events have created a world where there’s a possibility of Price joining Gonsolin in the starting rotation.
Price has stated that he’s up to the task if called upon.
If he does slide into the rotation, Price most likely won’t be logging a quality start anytime soon. The 2012 AL Cy Young winner hasn’t pitched more than two innings in a game nor thrown more than 50 pitches this season.
That being said, the Dodgers haven’t committed to moving Price back to the rotation.
Get ready. July could be chock-full of bullpen games.