Monday night’s game between the Dodgers and Cubs was postponed due to weather in Chicago. Both teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game coming at 11:20 a.m. PT and the second game scheduled for 4:40 p.m. PT.
Friendly reminder that each game tomorrow will be only seven innings long.
With the game tonight being postponed, the Dodgers will be shaking up their starting rotation. Walker Buehler was scheduled to pitch tonight, but he’ll be pushed back to Wednesday now.
Clayton Kershaw, who was scheduled to go on Tuesday, will pitch Game 1. Trevor Bauer, who was scheduled for Wednesday, will now pitch in Game 2 of the doubleheader. It’s interesting that the Dodgers moved Bauer up a day, as it very well could be setting him up to pitch on three days rest for this weekend in Anaheim.
As of right now, with May out for the season, the Dodgers have only four starters. The way the schedule works out, there’s a chance the Dodgers could go at least two weeks using a four-man rotation. Tonight’s game being postponed potentially sets up a bullpen game this weekend, or does it?
Julio Urias will start on Friday after an off-day on Thursday, but Saturday’s starter would be on only three days rest. For Bauer, that’s not a problem. During the offseason, Bauer talked about wanting to have an open discussion with teams about letting him start every fourth day, now it looks like he might have a chance to.
“We’ve thought about it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s a scenario where it can happen. I think we do a good job of listening to the player if they have a track record or experience, which he does. We’re going to talk through it and once we deal with this weather we’ll have a bit more clarity.”
If Bauer starts on Saturday, he’ll do it on three days rest and allow everyone else in the rotation to be on normal rest. Plus, with tomorrow’s game being only seven innings, there’s a chance Buehler can pitch the whole game while maintaining a relatively low pitch count.
“He’s very in tune with his body and where his body is at on that fourth day, and from his data it’s optimal for him to do that,” Roberts said.
Other news and notes
- James Pazos has been called up and will be on the 26-man roster. He takes Mike Kickham’s spot, who was DFA’d earlier on Monday.
- Brusdar Graterol will get an MRI on Tuesday. He hasn’t picked up a baseball since being placed on the Injured List