May 7, 2021

How Should the Dodgers Use Ross Stripling? (FanGraphs)

The “problems” the Los Angeles Dodgers face must seem foreign to most other major league teams. When Dave Roberts discussed his Opening Day rotation last weekend, it wasn’t in the same way most managers do. You know that way, because your favorite team’s manager probably does it. “Here are three good starters, one starter who we hope is good, and one starter who we hope is decent.” Not every team takes this approach, of course, but the league isn’t awash in great fourth starters, never mind fifth starters.

But the Dodgers aren’t the league. Their top three — Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and David Price — are locks. The team is using Julio Urías, who has bounced between starting and relieving, in the rotation. And Alex Wood, who was an above-average pitcher each of his last two years in Los Angeles before injuries ruined his 2019, is overqualified as a fifth starter.

It doesn’t stop there; the next four starters are all interesting as well. Dustin May, who might have made the rotation decision tougher for Roberts if he weren’t injured, is a top 15 prospect in all of baseball. Jimmy Nelson may not pitch, but if he does, he’s potentially…

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