The Dodgers having an excellent pitching staff is nothing new, but this year could be especially historic. By all accounts, the Dodgers are the favorites to win it all in 2021, and much of that has to do with how dominant their pitching staff is predicted to be.
According to the latest odds, the Dodgers have three different starters among those favored to win the NL Cy Young Award this season. Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler rank 2nd and 4th respectively while Clayton Kershaw comes in at 11th overall.
Trevor Bauer is seen to have the best chances to win the award out of the trio of Dodgers, especially after winning the award last season as well. He took a huge step forward in 2020 in terms of production, and the expectations for him to continue that trend will be enormous after signing a $102 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason.
Walker Buehler, on the other hand, will be entering the season looking to establish himself as one of the best pitchers in the game. He’s been on that trajectory thus far, but a dominant 2021 season would cement him as the future at the pitching position.
Clayton Kershaw is no longer the guy that he used to be, but there is still plenty left in the tank to have a terrific season this year. With a World Series title finally on his resume, the question will be how Kershaw will motivate himself to do it all again. He might not be able to blow it by hitters anymore, but I believe he has at least one more vintage season in store for us.
Jacob deGrom is still far and away the favorite to win the award this season, but having three starters in the conversation speaks to the tremendous firepower the Dodgers will have from their starters this year. The trio of Dustin May, Julio Urías, and Tony Gonsolin should not be overlooked either, as they will each be trying to cement themselves into the starting mix.
Expectations will be sky-high for LA as they look to win back-to-back titles for the first time since the 99-00′ Yankees, but they have the talent to get it done.