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Dodgers: Will Smith Still Calls Clayton Kershaw the Main Guy in a Stacked Rotation

A lot of big names, but it all starts with Clayton Kershaw.



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. 

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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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Will Smith could a great catcher. He needs to be in full learning mode to do it. This is starting rotation that rivals the days of Koufax and Drysdale. Smith can learn from all of them. He needs to get into their heads and understand what they want to do, and what their best pitch combinations are.

  2. Nice they keep including jimmy Nelson in the conversation but exactly how is there going to be room for this guy on the roster or the real question is why?

  3. Price is over the hill he’ll get his chance to proove he still has it but his numbers for his last 2 not good for even being in fifth spot not when we have Julio ,May and Gonsolin. Forget about Nelson maybe dodgers can give both of them to Angels who need starting pitching and save the money.Expect Kershaw to win his fourth Cy Young and his era under 2.00Both Buhler and Urias will be lights out and hopefully Baur can continue pitching like last year Dodgers rotation out of this world.Padres and Mets can keep dreaming.

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