Dodgers: What Will Rich Hill’s Return Do to the Starting Rotation?
Dodgers’ fan favorite Rich Hill is coming back and since he’s guaranteed to have a rotation spot, who will get the short end of the stick? Here’s my take on what Hill’s return does to the rotation.
Rich Hill is on the mend. After a much talked about final rehab start, in which he struck out 16 triple-A hitters, the veteran lefty is ready and able to return to the MLB team from his rehab assignment.
But what does that mean for the six potential, and five current starters occupying the starting rotation today? Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler are certain locks, but what about the others? Young flamethrower Julio Urias found himself in the bullpen despite relative success as a starter upon Hyun-Jin Ryu’s return just a short while ago. Who will be next?
That’s what I’ll explore in this article. I’ll go through the merits of Ryu, Ross Stripling, and Kenta Maeda and put forward a case for who should stay and who should go from the best starting rotation in (at the very least) the NL West.