If the Dodgers are going to beat the Giants in the Division Series, it will take them at least 4 games. Falling to the Giants in Game 1 makes it so that Dave Roberts will ultimately need to make a decision on a starter for the 4th game.
With the injury to Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers don’t necessarily have a solid 4 guys in the rotation. Tony Gonsolin could be the final starter, but even he has struggled through things in the 2021 season.
Prior to Game 1, Dave Roberts talked about his rotation and how he sees it playing out. The Dodgers are considering all options, and that includes the possibility of using David Price as an opener should the need arise.
David Price as an opener in Game 4? “Anything should be on the table,” Dave Roberts said.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 8, 2021
Roberts has shown a willingness in 2021 to use Price as an opener. Depending on how the opposing team lines up, he could do that again and piggyback Tony Gonsolin. That would likely only play out if the Giants came out with a few left-handed hitters at the top.
Still, it will be interesting to see what direction the Dodgers go. Gonsolin has not been the 2020 version of himself, but he still offers length and the ability to put up good numbers. Price is an established veteran who has been through his share of aches and pains but can also get it done.
Really, there is no right answer here.