With the 2021 season just a few days away, things are finally starting to fall into place for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The battle for the final bench spot seems to have reached its conclusion, and this might also be the case with the starting rotation and bullpen battles.
Tony Gonsolin will follow David Price tonight. Gonsolin has started one game this spring. Price will make his second start.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) March 28, 2021
Shortly after this was tweeted out, however, the Dodgers announced that Gonsolin would indeed be starting after Price was ruled out with an illness.
As Jorge Castillo mentioned in his initial tweet, Tony Gonsolin only started one spring training game heading into Sunday. And if it weren’t for a last-minute change, he would have come out of the pen against the Angels as well. May, on the other hand, has started 3 games and was stretched to 5 innings his last time out.
Dave Roberts only announced the first four starters for the year, leaving the fifth spot to be taken by one of May, Gonsolin, or Price. But with the way the team has handled its starters as spring training comes to a close, the eventual answer seems to be that Dustin May will get the nod.
Notably, May will start LA’s final spring outing against the Angels on Tuesday which conveniently would line him up to start game 5 of the regular season. Furthermore, Dustin has started the most games (3) of anyone not named Kershaw, Buehler, Bauer, or Urias this spring.
Still, Roberts wouldn’t reveal who gets that start just yet, stating that the club hasn’t “finalized that last piece.”
If May does indeed take the fifth spot in the rotation, it will look a little something like this:
- Clayton Kershaw (L)
- Trevor Bauer (R)
- Walker Buehler (R)
- Julio Urías (L)
- Dustin May (R)
Regardless of who takes the fifth spot, this will be one of the top rotations in all of baseball once again. Adding a piece like Trevor Bauer will be a big reason why, but so will a full season from Dustin May.
And just in case you still need proof of how nasty May is on the mound, here are a few examples from his most recent outings.
Dustin May, Winner by KO (breaking ball). ? pic.twitter.com/RxIGSSuGZE
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 20, 2021
Dustin May, Two Seamer & Four Seamer, Overlay.
Both coming in at about 100mph. pic.twitter.com/V4NY6APXmk
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 26, 2021
The Dodgers are expected to make another deep October run once again, and Dustin May certainly figures to play a big role along the way.