The Dodgers are going to go with a 5-man rotation to start the season. That was confirmed today by Dave Roberts ahead of their Cactus League game against the Brewers.
With so many starters predicted to make the Opening Day roster, there was a possibility the Dodgers would go to a 6-man rotation. That could take some of the pressure off of guys early on as they build up for a full 162-game season.
Instead, they will go with the traditional 5-man and run their guys out on schedule. That could mean a lot of different things, but it feels like the Dodgers have just 1 open spot in the rotation. Jimmy Nelson, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin are all up for that final spot.
Given that they view them all as starting pitchers, there were questions as to where all 3 could start the season if not in the rotation. May and Gonsolin both have option years remaining and could start the year at the alternate location building up pitch counts.
Roberts was asked how likely it would be for Gonsolin and May to both make the Opening Day roster. He confirmed that there was a “good chance” they were both included. It’s one of those things that’s a surprise for the Dodgers but also not at the same time.
They have a few guys in relief that may not get the chance to start the year due to not being ready. Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol are the big two that appear to be in serious doubt for Opening Day. With those guys out, May and Gonsolin could find themselves with a prominent bullpen role should they miss out on the rotation.