Dodgers Rotation Barely Cracks the Top 10 in MLB

A little bit of a concern for sure.

The Dodgers face the issue of having question marks around their starting rotation this year. With Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave still in place likely into April, there is no telling when or if he will be back at all. But even aside from him, they are counting on a few bouncebacks.

In MLB’s latest starting pitching projections, the Dodgers don’t even crack the top 5 in the league. They had them coming in at number 7, and rightfully so with so many possible issues that could come up in 2022. 

As it stands, the Dodgers are lined up to go with a 5-man rotation. That includes Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Andrew Heaney, and Tony Gonsolin. The health of Kershaw is obviously a concern, especially after experiencing the first real arm injury of his storied career. 

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But the Dodgers also are going with Heaney in the rotation, a guy that has really struggled with the longball in his career. Heaney gave up 10 earned runs in his first two Spring Training appearances this year before they awarded him that fourth spot. 

If there is a potivie takeaway, it’s Tony Gonsolin. He had a bad year in 2021 after struggling with his command, but he looks to have gotten things dialed in. Getting him back to 2020 form would be huge for the Dodgers rotation. 

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    • But others would say that is a worrisome number to start the season. It would improve if MLB decides to man up and make a decision on Bauer. With present rotation we’re looking at a
      .500 record, that’s not enough to make a good run this season.

  1. As of today pitching is this team’s most alarming concern. It seems they are going to have to outscore opponents quite a bit this season. That’s a huge change for this organization. I do hope I am wrong.