Dodgers Fans Name Their Optimal Starting Rotation

After another electric start and building off of his recent success, Dodgers starter Dustin May could be reaching the end of his rope in the starting rotation.

As noted last week, May Day is at or near the top of the league in fastball velocity while leading the way in early Rookie of the Year consideration. All the while, he’s walking few batters and has been the most consistent pitcher in the rotation in the early going. However, when manager Dave Roberts was asked if May had shown enough to remain in the rotation even when the injured Alex Wood returns, he was pretty noncommittal.

Dustin’s showing his value to our ballclub. He’s still establishing himself as a big league pitcher … obviously there’s three starts he’s been very good for us, so when that time comes [Wood’s return], we’ll continue to discuss it, but Dustin is certainly doing everything he can.

That got us wondering, what does the ideal Dodger starting rotation look like when everyone is healthy? So we asked you.

A simple fix that makes a lot of sense. Adding Julio Urias back into the bullpen as a late-inning power arm could play up huge by the time we reach the postseason.

An interesting but fair take from Ward here… is the rotation the weakest spot on the team? Before the start of the season, SportsNet LA anchor John Hartung talked to DodgersNation.com about the upcoming campaign. In that chat, he too identified the rotation as his biggest potential concern for 2020. A Walker Buehler that’s 3 or 4 starts behind the pack. An injury-prone Clayton Kershaw. High expectations for Urias and Wood. Ross Stripling’s first real shot at a rotation spot in two years.

Definitely some question marks.

Alternatively, all Kershaw, all day, every day. 


The comments came in quick on this question and the majority include some variation of May, Kershaw, Buehler, and Stripling. The fifth spot included a balanced mix of Urias and Wood with a peppering of Tony Gonsolin.

Final Thoughts

While the Dodgers are once again in the familiar position of a good problem to have, it feels like far too often — especially recently — the decision ends up not being the optimal one while fans suffer through the player-service driven choice. The Doc special also known as the “he’s got some big hits for us in the past” or “he’s pitched some big innings for us” approach.

Well, at the start of this short season, Dustin May is pitching some big innings. And if you ask the fans, he’s earned that spot in the rotation.

NEXT: The Unsung Heroes of the Bullpen Early in 2020

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Bobby Miller, and any Dodgers of the future. Under Clint, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. He's a golf enthusiast, an amateur wood worker, and a friend.


  1. Buehler Kershaw May Urias Stripling with Gonsolin

    Strip with the junk and avg Fastball and Gonso with a better fastball and lanky just to finish it off.

    Bullpen is just solid this year.

  2. Buehler, May, Urias, Kershaw & Gonsolin
    Never understood the Wood signing. Very concerned as Roberts is a nice guy and will not make an unpopular decision. He is the reason we lose in the playoffs. The Dodgers have the most talent and a nice guy poor strategist as a manager.

  3. Buehler, Kershaw, May, Stripling, Urias. Wood in bullpen until arm strength builds then he starts in place of whichever starters falters.

  4. I’m with everyone here: Wood is out. In fact, they should trade him for whatever – even a low level prospect – they can get this year.

    Tough call with Stripling because Gonsolin has better stuff and upside but Strip is a gamer and low maintenance. Maybe they go with 6 this year.

    What do they do with Price next year?

  5. May, Buehler, Kershaw (when healthy…he’s not finished missing starts), Strip, and Urias. Gonsolin is going to see a lot of time because Kershaw is going to be hurt and others will see injuries as well. I can’t understand why oh why they signed Wood.

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