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What Comes Next in the Dodgers Starting Rotation After Julio Urias Exit?

In light of recent news concerning the arrest of Dodgers lefty Julio Urias, some obvious questions have arisen for the immediate future of Los Angeles’ rotation.

Though he was set to be a part of Dave Roberts’ postseason plans, Urias’ reported off the field actions have made those choices for the Dodger skipper all the more intriguing.

Even if he wasn’t pitching up to his previous standard, Urias’ place as either a starter or long reliever was all but secured as his on the field performance was just enough to hope he could channel his old postseason form.

Urias’ absence now paves the way for multiple young arms for LA, the most intriguing of them certainly being Ryan Pepiot.

Fully recovered from his oblique injury that prevented his spot on the Opening Day roster, the righty has pitched effectively as an opener and in long relief work for bullpen days that certainly will be welcomed by the team due to Urias’ absence.

Though Pepiot, or possibly even Emmet Sheehan, might be used as a long reliever in a similar role to Ryan Yarbrough since his arrival to Los Angeles, the starting rotation come October has clearly lost one name that could’ve been part of that equation.

Clayton Kershaw’s place in the rotation is obvious considering his track record over the past decade, but another young arm in Bobby Miller has almost certainly pitched himself into starting a playoff game for LA this year after his most recent start.

Lance Lynn has been mostly great for the Dodgers since coming over, but his own blow up start to begin the series in Atlanta means that Walker Buehler’s rehab process could become even more important for Dave Roberts’ options to begin the postseason.

Without Urias in the fold, LA has been left in a difficult position, but if anyone can sort out such choices it’s the Dodgers.

Starting Rotation Options for October


  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Lance Lynn
  3. Bobby Miller


  1. Ryan Pepiot
  2. Emmet Sheehan
  3. Ryan Yarbrough
  4. Walker Buehler
  5. Gavin Stone

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  1. Kershaw has a shoulder problem. He was erratic, threw 88 as his top velocity and only able to go 5 innings his last outing. He probably belongs on the IL. The Dodgers have a plethora of young talent in Miller, Pepiot, Stone, Sheehan, Knack, Hurt and others in the minors. They should give them an opportunity.
    A bad shouldered 88 mph Kershaw, a HR ball allowing Lynn and Miller are not going to win many playoff games. Currently the best of the three is Miller.
    If Buehler is able to return it will be Buehler, Miller and pray for rain.

  2. I hate to say it but the Dodgers are not getting past the Braves even before the Urias arrest! Friedman laid an egg with the lack of any major free agents signing during the offseason and again at the trade deadline!
    We should have at least 2-3 championships in the past decade if not for Dave Roberts mismanagement of the bullpen and Andrew Friedman being a dumbass and playing small!
    We need to fire them both if we want to build a real dynasty and stop being an also ran that chokes every year in the playoffs! Pathetic!

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