It’s easy to get excited about the team that makes the biggest splashes during the offseason. Unfortunately for the Padres, making the most noise in December doesn’t always translate to October baseball. When San Diego started to land some real talent via trade, Dodger fans were baffled at the rankings that started to come out in the ensuing days, and rightfully so.
Fresh off of a World Series win, the Dodgers were already being overshadowed by San Diego by MLB media. The team that was on pace to win 116 games in 2020 was suddenly old news compared to the new-look Padres. But since then, the world has balanced out.
MLB experts have come to their senses and let the excitement of the blockbuster trades wear off to look realistically at both team’s outlooks. Most recently. The Athletic sat down to rank the best starting rotations in baseball. Their rankings go beyond the projections from the most respected analytics sites and take it a step further. In determining why the Dodgers were number 1, Eno Sarris used injuries and overall depth to figure out what made them the best.
In the end, Sarris concluded that the Dodgers had the best mix of pitch stuff and youth to put them at the top. Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler are still going to lead the way, hopefully with David Price to follow. And in terms of talented youth, it’s tough to beat Los Angeles. They have 3 guys competing for 2 rotation spots in Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Julio Urias.
Yes, the Padres did get significantly better by adding Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. But to call their rotation ‘better’ than the Dodgers is far too premature. They might prove Eno(and myself) wrong in 2021, but my money would be against that.
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