When looking at the totality of the Dodgers’ starting rotation, there’s been a couple of notable storylines lately. One pitcher is quickly emerging as a reliable option, and another not so much, to the point where he could lose his spot in the rotation sooner rather than later.
Julio Urías threw two innings of live BP, then two more in the bullpen Dave Roberts said they expect him to start on Sunday in Philadelphia. TBD who he will replace in the rotationvia Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times
Urias’ return to the mound will be welcome news for the Dodgers, as he has been out with a left hamstring strain since May 20.
The World Series champion has had a rough 2023 campaign, but the hope is that he’ll be able to regain his All-Star form with health no longer being a concern
As for who he could replace in the rotation, the first answer to that question would be Noah Syndergaard.
The first season as a Dodger has been a difficult one for the veteran righty, as he’s put together a 1-4 mark with a 6.54 ERA over 11 appearances this year. Dave Roberts has said that Thor will make his next scheduled start against Cincinnati on Wednesday, but anything beyond that point is unclear.
Especially with Urias’ return on the horizon, Syndergaard may be on his way out of the rotation, especially if he struggles against the Reds.
If the Dodgers for some reason opted to send rookie sensation Bobby Miller back to the minor leagues, manager Dave Roberts would face some extreme scrutiny at this point. Miller has been great over his first three starts going 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 1.06 ERA over 17 innings.
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