The full power of the Dodgers roster was on display on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Sort of. LA got Mookie Betts back in the lineup but are still without Cody Bellinger, who went down with a calf injury against the A’s last week.
But the Dodgers had Trevor Bauer on the hill and he was nearly flawless. Bauer tossed 7 shutout innings and racked up 9 more strikeouts to add to his impressive start to the 2021 season. The Dodgers also clubbed 4 homeruns and put up 7 runs on the board.
The Dodgers were also able to bring on David Price in relief despite being up 7 runs late in the game. The fact that they can bring in a former Cy Young winner in borderline mop-up duty really speaks to the incredible depth across the entire roster.
The Dodgers are so deep that Dave Roberts thinks they are the best team in baseball, at least on paper. When asked if any team could match up against them talent-wise, Doc had this to say.
On paper, I think we’re the best team. And that’s why you gotta go play the games and our guys understand that. On the pitching side, the position player side there’s a lot of talent and there’s a lot of depth. We’re going to enjoy this one, we played a good, clean baseball game and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.
The early part of the season has truly revealed just how deep the Dodgers are. Without Bellinger and Mookie Betts, guys like Zach McKinstry stepped up and made a huge impact. That’s part of the reason they’ve been able to start the year with a 9-2 record.
They’ve also been able to overcome Joe Kelly and Brudar Graterol not being ready to start the year, as well as an injury to Tony Gonsolin. If there is any team built to dominate a 162-game season, it’s the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers.