As of right now, the Dodgers appear primed to enter the season with 7 options for starting pitchers on their roster. The recent signing of Trevor Bauer led many to wonder who would be the odd man out. Especially since there already was going to be one guy left out or used as a sixth starter.
The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, Bauer, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and Dustin May. Of those 7 guys, the top 4 are the only ones that are almost certain locks to make strictly starts. Many had also wondered if Los Angeles would consider trading away some of their depth in order to seek out an option at third base.
Luckily for us, Dave Roberts has sort of helped to understand the situation a little better. He recently spoke with the OC Register and revealed that the Dodgers would probably use all 7 guys in a starting capacity.
I think with what’s happened in the past season with the Dodgers, to think that all seven of those guys aren’t going to make starts for us is very unrealistic. So I think that for us the approach is to look at it like that in an open, honest way and there will be more clarity. They’re all going to make starts. How many or how it’s spread out, I don’t think anybody knows that right now.
The Dodgers rotation is coming off of a year where they only made about 10 starts during the shortened regular season. Preparing for a year in which they may be asked to start 25+ games might be a bit of a jump.
From what it sounds like, this is the exact reason that the Dodgers plan on mixing guys in and out of the rotation. Expect to see Urias, May, and Gonsolin making starts at times and coming out of relief fairly often.
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