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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Names the Starting Rotation for the First Five Games



We’re just one day away from Opening Day and barely got the news on the starting rotation order. After Walker Buehler fell a little behind, there were questions which direction the Dodgers would go. Dave Roberts confirmed that the order is indeed set for this weekend. 

Clayton Kershaw is still getting the Opening Day start that we were all promised, that has not changed. He faces off against Johnny Cueto on Thursday evening to get things started. After Kershaw, Ross Stripling will get the second start. Stripling barely got into the rotation when David Price opted out and now he finds himself going second. 

Alex Wood is set to take the ball on Saturday afternoon for game three, with Julio Urias getting the ESPN Sunday evening start. Dave Roberts also confirmed that when the Dodgers head to Houston on Tuesday, Walker Buehler will be getting the ball for game one. Clayton Kershaw is lined up as the game two starter in that series. 

For Dodgers fans, the only real surprise is that Buehler fell this far behind everyone else. He did say in a press conference on Tuesday that he felt he only needed one start to be caught up to everyone else. Dustin May might get the piggyback appearance on Buehler during Tuesday’s game, so expect plenty of electric arms in that game. 

From the looks of it, Dave Roberts also wanted to split up the left-handed matchups as much as possible. Slotting Ross Stripling in after Kershaw allows him to not throw left-handers three consecutive days. The Dodgers will instead go with a left/right/left/left/right combination to start the year. 

Dave Roberts has yet to announce any other part of his roster other than the fact that AJ Ramos will NOT make the Opening Day roster. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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