Dodgers: Constructing the ideal rotation for Los Angeles

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Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch to Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /

Rich Hill

On Tuesday I wrote an article explaining the magnitude of Rich Hill’s comeback start and what options the Dodgers had for him. All went well on Tuesday as Hill came out of the game blister-free so we can push the bullpen talk back for a bit.

Hopefully, Rich Hill is over his blister issues and can continue to stay healthy enough to keep the 2nd spot in the rotation. When Hill is healthy, he is a top five pitcher in the league and the second best pitcher on this roster. The operative word here is “if” because we all know what a big if Hill can be.

Rich Hill is the most deserving of being the Dodgers 2nd starter, but it may not be up to his performance if he stays there. Throughout Hill’s career, he has been plagued by injuries and they almost ended his MLB career. Now that Hill has found his elite form, the Dodgers are looking to capitalize on the healthy starts he can make for them.

Hill is going to be the team’s second punch to Kershaw as long as he is healthy. If he can’t stay healthy, the bullpen looks like an option, but then again you don’t want to be paying $48 million to a non-closer reliever.  Let’s just all hope his middle finger holds up along with the rest of his body.

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