Trevor Bauer will make his first official start as a Dodger tonight and it’s safe to say that there will be a lot of eyes on LA’s newest ace. After a lot of debate regarding where this rotation ranks all-time, they still have to go out and prove it.
Clayton Kershaw wasn’t able to overcome some bizarre events in the first game of the season, so Bauer will try and turn things around. And while the season opener may not have shown it, Bauer still believes that this rotation is the best he’s ever seen.
I’ve never been a part of a staff that as a whole was this deep. We had some pretty ridiculous staffs in Cleveland with Kluber, Carrasco, myself, Beiber, Cleavinger… but probably not as deep as this staff is.
A huge reason why the Dodgers pitching staff has been as dominant as it has been in recent years is the coaching staff that complements it. Mark Prior is now in his second year as the leading man while rising star Connor McGuiness has left his mark on the pitchers as well. Both coaches have done a tremendous job of getting the players ready for the season, and Bauer acknowledged them for their approach to working with pitchers.
It’s been great so far. I think Connor’s [McGuiness] really bright, I think he knows his stuff and works really hard. Same with Mark [Prior]. They go about it in two slightly different ways, which is great because you have some diversity on the staff… You have two guys who are really smart and really bright at what they do.
The Dodgers didn’t get off to the start that they envisioned, but Bauer will have a chance to right the ship with his first start of the year. And for a guy that signed the most lucrative 3-year deal in MLB history, he knows there will be expectations. “Yeah, it’s gonna be fun. The front office has done a great job of putting together a fantastic group of people, and now it’s our job to go out there and win baseball games,” said Trevor Bauer. “So, I’m excited about that.”
Bauer will look to bring the Dodgers back to the .500 mark tonight at 5:40 PM on Spectrum SportsNet LA and am570 LA Sports on the iHeartRadio app.