The Dodgers are entering the 2021 season with arguably the best starting rotation that they have ever had…on paper. There are a lot of things that still need to happen and that rotation will have to meet the high expectations placed on them.
The good news is that they aren’t relying on a bunch of hopeful bouncebacks. The Dodgers are getting a well-rested David Price after taking the 2020 season off. They get the reigning NL Cy Young award winner Trevor Bauer in free agency. And they get a blister-less Walker Buehler who is already ahead of schedule.
But they’re also getting a World Series champion, Clayton Kershaw. And getting a Kershaw with the burden of a championship now lifted could end up being ridiculous. As catcher Will Smith put in on Saturday, everything in the Dodgers rotation starts and ends with Clayton.
It’s a special group. There are 7 or 8 guys that could be in our Opening Day rotation I guess. But it all starts with Kersh. He’s our number 1 guys he’s been at it forever. That’s who guys take after is him. So he’s setting the table and then after you see guys like Price, Buehler, Bauer, Julio, D-May, Tony, Jimmy Nelson, you name it we’re loaded in the starting rotation.
Guys in the Dodgers rotation taking after Clayton Kershaw is certainly no surprise. A guy that has won the Cy Young award 3 times and a National League MVP award, AND should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer is a guy that you should look to for advice.
But to be closing in on age 33 and still leading a stacked Dodgers rotation is impressive. Obviously, they have a few young guys on their team that are the future of the starting group. But for now, it all starts with Kersh.
Expect him to get the Opening Day nod if he gets through Spring Training with 100 percent health.
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