For the first time in a long time, we get to talk about real-life baseball. Speaking with MLB Network, Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts revealed how the starting rotation will work, at least to start the year off.
The Dodgers added plenty of depth to the starting rotation in 2020, despite losing Hyun-jin Ryu and Rich Hill to free agency. David Price and Alex Wood were huge additions, as they immediately slot into the middle and back of the rotation.
Dave Roberts spoke about the starters for the Dodgers, adding that pitchers likely would not go beyond four innings in their first turn through the rotation.
Dave Roberts said the #Dodgers are planning to begin the regular season with a 5-man starting rotation. He added that he doesn't anticipate starting pitchers going beyond 4 innings per game during their first turn through the rotation. @MLB @MLBNetwork @MLBNetworkRadio
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 24, 2020
Roberts also added that the Dodgers would stick with a 5-man starting rotation. Other teams in baseball have started to commit to a six-man rotation since the rosters are expanded.
That means that Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, Julio Urias, and Alex Wood will likely be taking the ball in that order throughout the season. There will be spot starts mixed in to rest players and prevent injuries, of course, so look to Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin for that. It’s safe to say that the Dodgers are LOADED with starting talent.
Should the team look to add a sixth starter, Ross Stripling might also be in the fold this year. In fact, other than the starting five, there are at least five other guys on the current 40-man roster alone that could potentially compete for that sixth spot should the need arise.