The Dodgers are going to have to get creative with their starting rotation over the next few weeks. After the loss of Dustin May for the season, Los Angeles is without a true fifth starter to go to at the back of the rotation.
While Tony Gonsolin is executed to take that final spot when he returns from the IL, he’s still a ways away. So the Dodgers will use the off day this week to their advantage and shake up the rotation. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball on Saturday and Trevor Bauer will go on Sunday.
The decision to throw Kershaw stems from his disappointing outing in Chicago this week. He threw 39 pitches and stayed in the game for just 1 inning in a Dodgers loss. That opened the door for him to pitch with just 3 days of rest since his last outing.
“I think it was just kind of what happened his last start,” said Dave Roberts. “Just feeling he could get back out there on short rest because he didn’t exert too much as far as a large sample in that start. So he feels good about it. We feel good about it.”
The Dodgers will also go with Trevor Bauer on Sunday. He will be throwing off of 4 days of rest. Bauer has expressed a desire to take the ball every 4th day with Los Angeles, and it’s something the team has considered.
Julio Urias gets the ball Friday night for the Dodgers taking on Griffin Canning. Kershaw matches up with Dylan Bundy. And Bauer will go up against Jose Quintana to finish out the series on Sunday afternoon.