The Dodgers are beginning to sort out who will be in their postseason rotation. With Hyun-Jin Ryu a clear game one starter, who will start game two?
The Dodgers’ starting rotation is the best in the game. While some will toss out the Nationals, Astros, or Mets as rotations that could give teams trouble in October, the Dodgers’ rotation is clearly number one. The stats back it up as the rotation has a 2.91 ERA, which is ahead of the second-place Rays by a good margin (3.43).
Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to start game one for the Dodgers in the postseason. Not only is he the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award, but he is also as automatic as they come at Dodger Stadium. With the Dodgers a lock for home field at least in the NLDS, Ryu is going to start game one.
The question then becomes who starts game two of a playoff series that will likely be at Dodger Stadium, even beyond the NLDS? Veteran Clayton Kershaw who has been one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball, or Walker Buehler who has had his peaks and valleys but has the best stuff of anyone in the rotation? In this article, I will make the case for Buehler and Kershaw, along with who I think be LA’s number two starter in October.