Suddenly relevant with the Clayton Kershaw developments: Walker Buehler as the Dodgers 2019 Opening Day starter. Moreover, Buehler recently commented to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register about this possibility.
Yet, Buehler remained dismissive about this thought. He even used the word ‘ludicrous’ when describing the idea.
"… When Clayton Kershaw isn’t a Dodger anymore then you can start saying that stuff. But people saying that this year I thought was pretty ludicrous. I was like, ‘Fellas, do you see who’s on the other side of this clubhouse?’" #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 20, 2019
Still, the idea isn’t as insane as it sounds. Equally important is monitoring Kershaw’s health scenario over the next month-plus. The Dodgers will need to weigh their options if Kershaw isn’t deemed to be feeling back to normal.
And let’s not forget the fact the team is taking things slowly with Buehler this spring.
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Just yesterday, Buehler threw his second bullpen of the spring.
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) February 22, 2019
Moreover, is it feasible that the Dodgers should have someone else ready to go for the regular season opener aside from Kershaw and Buehler? That question becomes more real as time moves forward.
However, if a few hypotheticals come into play; there is no reason to think that Buehler wouldn’t get the nod. One of those hypotheticals would be Kershaw not being ready to go physically. The other would be Buehler’s health being deemed at 100 percent and ready for a full workload by late-March.
Buehler willfully pushes aside the notion that he could be the staff ace when the season begins. Of course, this is out of respect to his teammate in some part. But one must know that Buehler believes in his own abilities and would be geared up for a big moment in the opener as he was game 163 last year and game seven of the NLCS.
Obviously, Buehler would make a fine staff ace if Kershaw misses extended time. At this time, that’s probably an overreaction. Still, it’s worth a discussion, and we want to hear your thoughts. What do you think of Walker Buehler as the Dodgers 2019 Opening Day starter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!