The Dodgers finally appear to have set their Opening Day roster. With just a few days until the season kicks off, Dave Roberts and his staff made a few final decisions on some last-minute roster items.
One of those last-minute items was the fifth starter. The Dodgers had 3 guys to choose from and really could not have gone wrong picking any one of them. Dave Roberts confirmed today prior to the game against Anaheim that Dustin May would get the start against Oakland in the fifth game of the season.
That means that David Price and Tony Gonsolin will both go to the bullpen. Roberts talked in-depth about how he envisions them being used out of the Dodgers bullpen. Price, Gonsolin, and Jimmy Nelson will likely be longer inning and leverage guys to start the year.
Dave Roberts said Dustin May is the 5th starter.
David Price to the bullpen.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 30, 2021
Dustin May getting the final start of the Freeway Series was a pretty good indication that he would get the final rotation spot. He has also started 3 games in Spring Training, though that doesn’t necessarily always mean something.
In this case, it means that D-May will get his opportunity. And the Dodgers having him as their fifth and final starter just goes to show you how deep their staff really is. As Dave Roberts said in the past, almost all of these guys will get the chance to start games throughout the season.
Going from 60 games to 162 could potentially be draining, but the Dodgers are built for the long-haul.