The Dodgers find themselves in a semi-familiar place, tied 1-1 with the Rays in the World Series.
Today is the last off day for the Los Angeles Dodgers before they begin what could be five straight games in a row, as they take on the San Diego Padres in the NLDS.
With just four games left in the regular season, the Dodgers will finally have their full starting rotation back, just in time for the playoffs.
While we all know that there’s a very good chance the Dodgers walk away with the National League’s top playoff seed, what we don’t know is how the team will put together its starting playoff rotation.
Note to self – do not title a blog post “Do the Dodgers Have a Pitching Problem” because then, they really will.
Without question, as the 2020 playoffs rapidly approach, the biggest roster issue currently on the minds of Dodgers fans everywhere is the state of the starting pitching rotation.
For as much time as we spent discussing the seemingly anemic offense of the Dodgers, we probably spent an equal amount of time—especially during Summer Camp—talking about the club’s starting rotation.
After originally slating Julio Urias to start Game 3 in the current series against the Padres, news came out of the Los Angeles camp late Tuesday evening that the Dodgers will instead turn to Tony Gonsolin in an attempt to give the remainder of the rotation an extra day of rest.
In a normal season, if the Dodgers had gotten off to a 2-2 start, fans would grumble and make excuses while probably being a little concerned—overall it wouldn’t be that big a deal. After all, even though the Dodgers were playing the San Francisco Giants, who are most definitely in a rebuilding year, it’s still the Giants, and crazy things happen in games against them.
Had most other squads been forced to replace their Opening Day starter moments before the actual game, there probably would have been a bit of panic followed by concern of the team’s ability to rebound from the adjustment.