The Dodgers enter the 2021 season with a problem they’ve never really had before. The lack of available spots in the starting rotation was already a glaring issue even before they went out and signed Trevor Bauer to a deal. Obviously, it’s a GREAT issue for an organization to have.
As it stands, the Dodgers will probably enter Opening Day with the expected 4 at the front of the rotation. That would be Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Trevor Bauer, and David Price, in no particular order. That leaves 1 spot for 3 young arms to fight for.
After Tuesday night’s game against the Giants, Dave Roberts admitted there will have to be som concessions. That likely means that the Dodgers will be forced to push some combination of Julio Urias, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin to the bullpen at some point.
Sure, yeah. I think those guys have all shown what they can do at the Major League level, so we just want these guys to continue to build up. But to your question, that certainly is a possibility.
The good news is that the Dodgers will need them all in a starting capacity at some point during the season. Doc said himself that when the season starts, pitchers probably won’t be as built up as they would be at the end of a season. That makes guys like May, Gonsolin, and Urias all incredibly useful additions after the main starters.
That also makes the Dodgers bullpen potentially lethal. Adding in 2 of those guys to the mix could really improve them without any of the additions made during the offseason. However it shapes out, this staff is going to be insane on paper.
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