The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to look quite different in 2020. After seeing an NLDS Game 5 elimination to the eventual champion Washington Nationals in 2019, the Dodgers a new and improved roster for the coming season.
After their latest blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox landed them Mookie Betts and David Price, the Dodgers may now not only have the best outfield in baseball, but they probably have the best starting rotation too. Let's take a look, shall we?
Dodgers Projected Starting Rotation With David Price
1. Walker Buehler
2. Clayton Kershaw
3. David Price
4. Julio Urias
5. Dustin May
It's going to be hard to name a better 1-2-3. Buehler is one of the best young arms in baseball, and Kershaw and Price are both veterans with decorated resumes. Sure, the two have had their playoff choke jobs, but Price looks to have exercised his demons after his 2018 World Series win.
Urias was a prized prospect for the Dodgers who, although pitching in 37 games in 2019, has struggled to find any consistent time in the rotation. However, with both Hyun Jin-Ryu and Kenta Maeda departing this offseason, his career 3.18 ERA has a chance to shine in the lights of LA as a steady fourth starter in a stellar rotation.
The fifth spot is a toss up. Sure, Alex Wood returning provides some stability at the back end, but that spot could be Dustin May's for the taking. Another top-tier pitching prospect, "Gingergaard" as he is called due to his long, red locks, held a steady 3.63 ERA in only 14 appearances with four starts last year.
But that's what Spring Training is for. These guys will battle it out and Dave Roberts will determine who will fill out the back end of the rotation.