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Mets: Where does their rotation stack up against the rest of MLB?

By Jordan Leopold
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Diego Padres during their game at Citi Field on July 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Diego Padres during their game at Citi Field on July 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Projected Opening Day Rotation:

Clayton Kershaw

Walker Buehler

Rich Hill

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Ross Stripling

Other rotation options include Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Brock Stewart

The Dodgers pitching staff was one of the deepest in all of baseball last season, leading the majors in team ERA and strikeouts while finishing second in opponents batting average. This staff was led by an unexpected hero. That man was Walker Buehler.

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In a rotation with Clayton Kershaw, a 3 time Cy Young Award winner, 2014 NL MVP, and arguably the best pitcher of his generation, it was Buehler who carried the Dodgers to a second straight NL Pennant. The 24-year-old pitched to a FIP of 3.04, a better mark than Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Clevinger. He finished 3rd in rookie of the year voting and one could have made the case to give him the award over Ronald Acuña Jr. had he pitched more than 137.1 innings. With his powerful sinker/cutter combo and his complimenting offspeed, the Dodgers look like they have found yet another star in Walker Buehler.

Despite an overall down year for Clayton Kershaw, he is still one of the best pitchers in the game. The southpaw has put together 7 consecutive top 5 CY Young finishes (with 3 victories) leading up to 2018. Velocity was down several ticks and his command wasn’t what it once was. Kershaw did not pitch a strong postseason as the Dodgers lost a second consecutive World Series.

The Dodgers should not be overly concerned with Kershaw however. His 1.62 BB/9 is still far better than most major league pitchers. Kershaw has been such an unworldly pitcher that a 2.73 ERA has many concerned. Look for Kershaw to jump right back into the conversation for best pitcher in baseball in 2019.

The Dodgers have turned another journeyman into an all-star in 2018 with a second straight dominant season from Rich Hill. The lefty went 6.1 strong innings in game 4 of the World Series but was pulled by manager Dave Roberts.

Hyun-Jin Ryu put together a strong 15 starts with 89 strikeouts in 82.1 IP as injury concerns continued. If all are healthy, looks for the Dodgers staff to be atop the major leagues in 2019. It should be noted that former sensation Kenta Maeda and 2018 all star Ross Stripling, who both shuffled around the starting rotation and the bullpen throughout the 2018 season.

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