We are now just days away from the first spring training game. With the start of games, the Dodgers will show an incredible depth of pitching arms throughout Cactus League play.
There are several options the Dodgers could take, as the depth they have is a good problem to have. Trades are always a possibility, as well as bumping back a starter or two to the bullpen for long relief..
The Dodgers could go with a six-man rotation, giving pitchers a day off, as well as easing back any arms from injury. Even with a six-man rotation that could leave an odd man out. A ballclub can only have so many arms taking turns.
It could be very possible that one of these pitchers could be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City to stay sharp pitching innings. We all saw how effective Urias was pitching out of the bullpen during the World Championship run, and the question will arise at some point in the season if he should be moved to the bullpen.
Personally, I believe that Price will be in the rotation, as well as Urias. The odd man could possibly be May or Gonsolin, setting up a potentially strong bullpen or a few dominant headliners at OKC.
Both Gonsolin and May, in recent seasons have pitched in multiple roles and have performed pretty well.
Manager Dave Roberts hasn’t yet named an Opening Day starter, but he hinted the announcement could be coming rather soon. We will get more answers as to how the rotation might shape up as camp continues.
Only two days away from the Dodgers first Spring Training game against Oakland Athletics, there were a few team notes on Friday.
Mookie Betts emphasized the Dodgers need to stay hungry for 2021 in hopes of repeating as champions.
“You fight so hard to get on top, and once you’re at the top, it’s hard to stay,” he said.
The outfielder also talked about trying to golf off the improving Padres, but he acknowledged that a number of MLB clubs could pose challenges.
“I think any big league team is gonna push us,” Betts added. “Anybody can win at any given time. We know that they’re good. It’s going to be a battle. But we can’t just focus on the Padres. There’s a lot of good teams out there.”
Roberts talked about the versatility of Chris Taylor, saying that his super-utilityman will most likely play every day, but not always in the same position, adding he could play second base, all the outfield spots, shortstop, and even some third base.