The Dodgers getting to face off against the Astros in two different series this year might be the best storyline in baseball. In the season following the massive cheating scandal fall out, fans are eager to see how the 2017 World Series rematch will play out.
As fate would have it, it will play out pretty quickly, as the Dodgers head to Houston in their second series of the shortened season. Los Angeles was set to have Alex Wood and Clayton Kershaw as their game one and two starters, but things have changed.
After David Price opted out of the season, that left the door open for Ross Stripling to take the fifth spot in the rotation. That also changed when Dave Roberts revealed that Walker Buehler might be a little behind in his build-up. The way things are shaping up with Dustin May’s progression, Buehler could potentially get that first start in Houston with May piggybacking the start.
Dave Roberts says that there's a possibility that Walker Buehler's first start of the season could be…in Houston.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 18, 2020
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the possibility that Buehler would get the start in Houston with May, and he noted that it was a possibility. An alternative could also be Buehler keeping that second start against the Giants, only going a few innings with a bullpen game behind him.
The way the Dodgers pitching schedule is set to play out over the next few days points to Buehler and May possibly getting that start in Houston. May is set to throw a five-inning simulated game on Wednesday, which would give him five days of rest between throwing.
Whoever gets the opportunity to throw against Houston in that first game, expect one heck of a ballgame. Dodgers fans have been waiting for this game all offseason long, and a reloaded Dodgers offense should help set things straight from 2017.