The Dodgers adding Trevor Bauer into the mix changes everything about their season. Not only does it make the starting staff better as a whole, but it allows additional relief for the bullpen. Basically, the rest of the league should be very worried.
MLB writer Anthony Castrovince did a ranking of the best MLB starting staff heading into 2021. It was redone in light of Bauer’s signing with Los Angeles. . He believes that a team that already had the best starting staff ERA in baseball last season might end up being one of the best ever. He ranked the Dodgers as the top team heading into 2021 with the Padres right on their heels.
Castrovince had the Dodgers rotation listed out, though plenty could change in the coming days. The order he placed them went: Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer, Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, and David Price. That rotation doesn’t even include the possibility of Tony Gonsolin or Dustin May, who will likely be moved to the bullpen.
There are several different scenarios that the Dodgers could explore with their final spots in the rotation. The team could look into trading David Price and cutting back on some salary, though his veteran presence is something that they probably want this year. Los Angeles could also shift Urias, May, and Gonsolin around all offseason as swingmen in and out of the bullpen.
In a year following a 60-season, pitching staffs may need some assistance early on and possibly late in the year. The Dodgers mixing in the young arms throughout the course of the tear will allow more time to get guys going and get them rested as they head into the postseason.
Whatever they decide to do, the Dodgers rotation is going to be ridiculous.
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