Starting Rotation


The Dodgers have a full four game lead and the offense seems to be firing on all cylinders.  But questions about the starting rotation still loom large.  The basic question is who will be the starting pitchers “down the stretch” (the rest of the regular season), as well as during the post season.

Let’s start with the “healthy” starters – not on the disabled list.  That list includes rookies Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Ross Stripling, Brock Stewart, and Jose De Leon.  Add Rich Hill and proven veteran loser (PVL) Bud Norris.  Now add potential returnees from the disabled list Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood, and Brandon McCarthy.

So who goes on the playoff list?  Start with Clayton Kershaw, who is the best Dodger pitcher until he proves otherwise.  Add Kenta Maeda, who has done a yeoman’s job of getting it done without an overpowering fastball.  After that, we just have questions.  Rich Hill could be #3 (or arguably #2), but only if his blisters stay in check.  Julio Urias could be #4, unless the Dodgers decide to hold down his innings to preserve his development into 2017.  Ross Stripling is good, but only for the first two times through a lineup.  Brock Stewart was great in the minors, but has not yet proven himself in the majors.   Ditto De Leon.  Brett Anderson had a devil of a time trying to come back from the DL the first time, who is to say he will be successful the second time around?  Scott Kazmir just isn’t that good even when he’s healthy.  Ditto Bud Norris.  Alex Wood may come back.  Brandon McCarthy just gave up ten runs in a minor league game.

So there you have it.  The playoff hopes are pinned on Kershaw’s back, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill’s blisters, and Julio Urias’ development.




28 thoughts on “Starting Rotation

  1. It depends on the standings and team needs accordingly. Playoff picture outlook…Kersh, Hill, Maeda,

    Julio could take the 4 and give back an Ace.

    Rest him a tad, work on pinpointing pitches for 3 weeks…

    We have 25 games left…


  2. Those are the 4 I’d go with. If not Urias, then I’d go with DeLeon. Anderson with never throw another pitch as a Dodger. Norris just plain sucks. McCarthy may be through as well – I have no idea what his problem is unless its still his elbow. Wood will never be able to go more than 2-3 innings I don’t think because of lack of arm strength, plus we don’t really need him. Kazmir sucks almost as hard as Norris.

    Bullpen’s going to be a mess in the playoffs. Jansen and ?. Nobody else can seem to pitch a clean inning.

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  3. Dodgers just said they are moving Urias into the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season. So how is he going to be ready to be a starter for the playoffs?


    • Works out OK if they plan on keeping De Leon in the rotation the rest of the month. Urias generally only goes 5 anyway, and stretching back out to 5 with roughly a month’s layoff shouldn’t be that hard.


  4. Lineup

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
    7. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    8. Andrew Toles (L) LF
    9. Ross Stripling (R) P

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  5. I’d go with Kershaw, Maeda, and Hill, that much is obvious. With Urias in the pen, I’m hoping McCarthey gets figured out. He had those two good starts before the hip problem. Then, I guess it’s whoever is healthy or hot at the time on a real short leash. Not Anderson or Norris though.

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  6. Nice job by Stripling and the bullpen… I hope we never see Anderson again. What a piece of shit. Norris is another turd on the pile. He sucks. Unfortunately, we are stuck with Kazmir, another piece of feces…..


    • Although, Kazmir is not a stinking pile like Anderson or Norris. Just a mediocre, overrated, overpaid number 5 starter on a good team.


  7. I’ve been watching Harley and the Davidsons. I’ve also been peaking at the game on my phone the past couple of days.

    Both wins…


  8. Good to see Reddick get started. I figured he would, I just didn’t know if it would be this year.
    kahli is correct with his attitude towards Kershaw. It’s still too early to count on a successful return. I feel we should be cautious about assuming he’ll be the Clayton Kershaw we saw early in the season. Even half a Kershaw for 60 pitches is better than some of the guys we have, but backs have a way of flaring up.


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