MLB Power Rankings: Which pitching rotation is the best in baseball?

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5. Los Angeles Dodgers

Now, you might think that this ranking is disrespectful to the one and only Clayton Kershaw.

While he’s been great (as usual), the rest of the rotation has been pretty good despite the rash of injuries.

There’s been a ton of injuries to the majority of the rotation. Seriously, check out the names on the disabled list, it looks like something out of the Mets playbook (Sorry, Mets’ fans, I had to):

  • Rich Hill (10-day DL, blister on fingertip) Again, Rich?
  • Kenta Maeda (10-day DL, right hip strain)
  • Julio Urias (Out indefinitely with left shoulder surgery)
  • Hyun-Jin-Ryu, who owns a 2.88 ERA this season (10-day DL, left groin strain) 

Hill, Maeda and Ryu are three of LA’s most important starters. All on the DL. That’s tough for any team to absorb.

Kershaw, who recently made his return from the disabled list (5 IP, 5 K, 1 ER), has a “high” ERA of 2.76. He’s still pitching extremely well, with just 11 walks through 49 innings and seven home runs allowed in that time.

Rookie Walker Buelher has lived up to the hype since his call up. Just 23 years old, he’s crafted a 2.20 ERA, 0.902 WHIP and 48 K’s in 41 innings. The Dodgers definitely have a keeper in the promising righty.

Alex Wood has been a reliable starter in the wake of so many injuries, as the 27-year-old owns a 3.75 ERA and a solid 1.043 WHIP.

Once some regulars return, this rotation should reclaim its spot in the top three.