What has happened to the Dodgers' starting rotation?
Once again, injuries have crippled this year's Dodgers team. Going into the season, it was known that Walker Buehler was going to likely miss the season. Following Tommy John surgery, it's incredibly unlikely that Buehler can contribute in 2023.
Tony Gonsolin finally returned, so there's some optimism on that side of the equation, but outside of Clayton Kershaw, LA's starting rotation is struggling.
Dustin May has a fine ERA (3.07) through his first five starts, but the strikeout numbers just aren't there. May has just 19 punchouts and 10 free passes through 29.1 innings of work. Hopefully that turns around quickly.
The other two starters, however, aren't offering much hope. Julio Urías has been uncharacteristically bad to begin the year. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA and has really struggled in his last two starts. Against the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, Urías allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in nine innings pitched.
The other weak link in the Dodgers starting rotation has been free signee Noah Syndergaard. The right-hander is not the same pitcher he was five years ago and has a 6.58 ERA through 26 innings of work this season. The Pirates teed off on Syndergaard during his previous outing, and only has four combined strikeouts in his last two starts. This can't continue.