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Dodgers News: Dustin May Labeled as LA’s Top Bounce Back Candidate in 2023

Dodgers RHP Dustin May is finally fully healthy. After a long absence in which he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, he returned late last season, but wasn’t exactly himself.

Now, though, May is feeling fully healthy, and close to his old form — you know, the one that saw him enjoy sub-3 ERAs in 2020 and 2021.

If May can remain healthy, he has a chance to have by far the best season of his career, and put his name among the top pitchers in baseball. That’s why, over at The Athletic, Fabian Ardaya thinks he’s the Dodgers’ top candidate to have a bounce back season. Here’s what he had to say:

“It may be a bit extreme to say Dustin May struggled in 2022. But considering the expectations and hype that accompanied May’s return from Tommy John surgery, it was somewhat of a disappointment to watch him fight his delivery and struggle to find consistency upon his return. That, of course, fuels confidence in his ability to bounce back. He’s entered spring training with a cleaned-up delivery, triple-digit heat and a new sense of maturity on the mound that could make him more impactful for this rotation than originally expected.”

I completely agree with Ardaya, as May has spoken about his new delivery, and looks ready to have a breakout season. I think May is going to end up being the Dodgers’ second-best pitcher next to Julio Urias, and even be named an All-Star for the first time in his career.

When he’s at his best, May is one of the nastiest and most unhittable pitchers in baseball. And this year, as long as he stays healthy, there’s no reason he can’t be at this best for a full season.

So, if you’re looking to root for someone to have a bounce back year, get all aboard the May train. Because the hype is real, and he should be in for a dominant 2023 season.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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