Buehler and May Impressed

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants renewed their longtime rivalry. After seven innings, the teams were knotted at one.

Both Walker Buehler and Dustin May pitched well in their 2021 debut. They went two scoreless innings apiece. All of their pitches looked sharp. While May walked a batter, he regrouped his mechanics to get out of the jam.

Coming off a disappointing 2020 season until the postseason, Buehler kept throwing this past offseason. During his Major-League career, he has been a late reaching his full potential in a given season. Undoubtedly, Buehler is capable of winning a National League Cy Young Award, but if he cannot have a good April, he probably will not win the NL Cy Young Award.

With the addition of David Price and Trevor Bauer to the Dodger starting rotation, May does not have a guaranteed spot. He has much talent, but his talent needs refining. On almost other Major-League teams, May would be a guaranteed starter, barring an unforeseen injury.

Nobody in baseball knows how the pitchers will respond playing a 162-game season after participating in a 60-game season. Unless a pitcher builds up sufficient arm strength, he probably will develop an arm injury. An injured pitcher will miss at least a month. Unlike other position players, pitchers cannot play another position.

President Andrew Friedman has stockpiled pitchers. He understands no team can win a championship without pitching depth. Unlike most teams, the Dodgers have an incredible pitching depth.

The Dodgers are attempting to repeat as world champions. Repeating world champions is difficult. Not since the New York Yankees of 1999 and 2000, baseball has not had a team with two consecutive world championships. Friedman resembled an outstanding team, and the players are still hungry for a world championship when they can celebrate with champagne and a parade.

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