After having seen resident ace Clayton Kershaw show signs of his normal self on Wednesday amidst five scoreless frames in rainy New York, it’s probably safe to say that he’s feeling sharp and ready to lead a charge, while the remainder Dodgers‘ starting rotation is finally beginning to take shape inside the last 17 games of the regular season.
Six days after a nightmare of a return from almost five months on the shelf recovering from back surgery, southpaw Brett Anderson will take the hill on Saturday in hopes providing some much needed stabilization to the Dodgers‘ rotation, and help the club rebound from a disappointing loss in the series opener.
After a rough go of sorts for the starting rotation against the Pirates last weekend at home, the Dodgers head eastbound to begin the Philadelphia series with their two healthiest and most productive stalwarts. Although the forecast appears to be a bit blurry after the first two games of the set, things may not be all that gloomy once the club makes a few decisions and the dust settles.
While the day for needing a fifth starting pitcher in the rotation is quickly approaching, the Dodgers felt a brief scare in their victory over Arizona on Sunday when righty Bud Norris exited his start after just 13 pitches in the top of the first inning.
In what turned out to be a very surprising development Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that rookie Julio Urias will temporarily rejoin the rotation and start the series finale against the Nationals on Thursday.
With 71 games remaining on the schedule and the hot stove just beginning to percolate, many fans of the Dodgers are wondering if the squad has what it takes to make a playoff run in the second half of the year — most specifically in the starting pitching department.
With staff ace Clayton Kershaw on the shelf until at least mid-July nursing a lower-back ailment, members of the Dodgers‘ latest starting rotation crew are set to close out the first half of the season on a strong note before earning four days of well-deserved rest over the All-Star break.