The Dodgers are already headed to Colorado to start the regular season against the Rockies this week. Walker Buehler will get the ball for Los Angeles on Opening Day, the very first time in his career that he will get that honor.
But beyond that, the Dodgers sound like they have yet to make a decision on the order. Dave Roberts had said previously this week that Andrew Heaney would not be pitching in Colorado, but that still leaves three games and three starters to be determined.
When asked about it this week again, Doc said that the Dodgers do not yet have a starter set beyond game 1 on Thursday. The natural decision would be Clayton Kershaw, but it’s unclear if they plan on limiting his innings early on in the season to get him going. That would mean they need to have a starter-type ready to piggyback him out of the bullpen.
“I just don’t know what order. I know Walker is going to start Game 1, but as far as two, three, four and five, I just don’t see where we’re going to be with that. I know Heaney won’t be pitching in Colorado. But the other three guys, we’re still trying to sift through.”
But regardless of the order they go in, the Dodgers will have 11 different guys out in the bullpen to back them up. So don’t expect the starters to go any longer than they need to with Spring Training being so abbreviated.
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