Now this is a truly interesting development in the Clayton Kershaw/Walker Buehler health saga for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moreover, manager Dave Roberts has opened the door for a possibility where Kershaw and Buehler appear in the same game.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com tweeted this news on Wednesday. Gurnick referred to this scenario as a ‘piggy-back situation’, which is likely how the manager worded it. While one or the other would start the game, Ross Stripling would serve as the stretch man during these games to eat several innings.
Roberts allows for the possibility of a “piggy-back situatiion” in early starts for Buehler and Kershaw, with Ross Stripling available to also pitch multiple innings in their starts.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 13, 2019
And wouldn’t this be interesting?
In my memory – I can’t think of another scenario quite like this one unfolding for a team. Still, it’s tempting. While Kershaw and Buehler work their way back into form – two innings from each to begin a game with Stripling mopping up sounds like must-see television.
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Obviously, I would say the odds of things playing out in this fashion could be far-fetched. However, there’s a reason that Roberts mentioned this scenario and it isn’t simply to raise eyebrows.
The trend of an ‘opener’ (a pitcher who begins a game to throw just an inning) has become a thing within baseball circles of late. While this would be more purposeful than simple X’s and O’s strategy, it could make for tough match-ups for the opposition. Imagine preparing your hitters to face Kershaw, Buehler, and then Stripling and company in one evening.
How do you feel about this idea brought about by Roberts? Do you think we will see it come to fruition? Let us know in the comments below!