With spring training camps opening this week, pitchers and catchers are reporting as the start of the 2019 season gets underway. For the Dodgers we’re getting our first glimpse of the 2019 roster. Now that the winter of our discontent has come to an end we can focus on piecing the club together.
It’s a fair question to ask what the strength of the 2019 Dodgers will be? I can honestly yell you that in my opinion the strength of the Dodgers will undoubtedly be their starting rotation. The pitching staff in general and specifically the rotation should become a position of depth and flexibility for the Dodgers.
Looking at the rotation from last year we see that it was one of the best on the bigs. Surely there was injuries along the way. We all remember that at one point the entire rotation and even almost the entire pitching staff was on the disabled list. The Dodgers operated for several weeks without any pitching of any kind. Despite that the Dodgers rotation was still one of the most productive staffs in baseball.
I expect for this to be the norm again in 2019. Generational left Clayton Kershaw is going to be looking to regain some of his post velocity using biometrics. Walker Buehler will be looking to avoid the sophomore jinx. Curveball Jedi Rich Hill will be one of the best spin rate guys in the game providing veteran leadership. Rounding out the rotation will be Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ross Stripling and left handers Julio Urias should provide depth.
There are some injury question Mark’s but if all of these hurlers stay relatively healthy then the Dodgers should receive great production. There’s star power, spin rate, experience and tons of talent in this Dodgers rotation. I expect for it to carry the club to another division championship and maybe another pennant in 2019.